Kept locked inside the house by her father, 7-year-old Chloe lives in fear and fascination of the outside world, where Abnormals create a constant threat – or so she believes. When a mysterious stranger offers her a glimpse of what’s really happening outside, Chloe soon finds that while the truth isn’t so simple, the danger is very real.
The film is directed, written, and produced by Zach Lipovsky and Adam B. Stein. It stars Emile Hirsch, Bruce Dern, Grace Park, Amanda Crew, and Lexy Kolker, who was seven years old at the time of filming.
Chloe’s father prevents her from leaving her dilapidated house or from even looking outside their boarded-up windows. It’s not clear at first if there are actually dangers outside, as “Dad” believes, or if there is something psychologically wrong with him.
As reviewer Kristy Puchko wrote, “Ever caked in sweat, dingy tees, and a hapless beard, Chloe’s father seems paranoid and dangerously unhinged, drilling the young girl on what to say if someone comes snooping. She has an alias to give, along with an elaborate cover story about her family and interests. The hiding, the lying, it all stinks of something unsavory. But nothing is what it seems in Freaks.”
Chloe craves being a normal girl. She can hear the haunting music of an ice cream truck outside, and one day she catches a glimpse of a creepy ice cream truck with a handprinted “Mr. Snowcone” sign. When she eventually builds up the courage to defy her father and escape the house, she climbs onto the truck with Mr. Snowcone and into an adventure filled with hope, fear, and violence.