Title: Vampire Circus<br><br>Director: Robert Young<br><br>Cast: Adrienne Corri, Thorley Walters, Anthony Higgins<br><br>Review:<br><br>Vampire Circus is one of those hard to find, elusive Hammer Vampireflicks. I had been looking for it for the longest time having heardnothing but good things about this uncommon vampire movie. I finallygot my hands on it and I feel that I have somehow found the holy grailor something. <br><br>It starts out like many vampire flicks. The towns people storming thecastle of a vampire who has been feeding on the towns young women andchildren. They decide to take justice into their own hands and rid theworld of Count Mitterhouse. <br><br>When I say that this movie starts out like many other vampire flicks, Idon't mean that in a bad way. This opening is a very fast paced one,filled with lots of confrontations...somehow you get the feeling thatyou are walking in on the ending of the film. Count Mitterhouse is avery vicious vampire, he seems almost more fierce then Lee's Dracula inmany scenes. Great way to open a movie! In the first 12 minutes you geta couple of towns folk slaughtered full frontal nudity and a littlegirl killed by Mitterhouse. But when the towns people finally do get tokill him, he says he will one day come to life again and just before hedies he curses the town with a plague.<br><br>Fast forward fifteen years later...and people are dying from a horriblecurse, the town is quarantined and no one is allowed to leave. If youdo try to leave the town...you get shot down! Anyhows in comes the"Circus of Night" a circus that the towns people welcome with openarms...something to take their minds away from all the death that theplague has brought upon them. The "circus of night" has their ownlittle plan under their sleeves but that is for you to find out whenyou see the movie. <br><br>Well people thats the set up for what was surely one of the strangestvampire flicks I have ever seen. I mean...come on....vampires and aweird circus in the same movie, how can you go wrong with a mix likethat? Does the movie manage to be interesting after a fast paced actionpacked opening sequence like that? It sure does. <br><br>Like many films with the circus/carnival setting one of the mainattractions on this movie were the circus performers. This "circus ofnight" is filled with your usual circus folk. The Strong Man, The TwinsWho turn into bats, The Midget Clown and The Panther who turns into aman, The Body Paint Dancers, Um...OK, maybe they are not your usualcircus folk, but they sure do make for an interesting and freaky film.All the characters in the circus are very intriguing simply because oftheir freakishness, they are certainly more likable then the townsfolk. <br><br>This Hammer production has more boob shots then usual. The nudity wasvery abundant in Vampire Circus. Another really cool thing about theflick: the vampires have huuuge fangs. I mean when they open theirmouths you get to wondering how they are ever going to close them againwith fangs that big. Cool image.<br><br>The movie is accompanied by a feeling of surrealism. Be on the lookoutfor some really freaky performances during the show. Specially thosescenes involving "The Mirror of Life". Also those scenes with thenaked/body paint/dancing lady. Add to this that the ring master is amidget clown and you have a night of weird bizarro cinema assured. Oh,and it also has one of the coolest and most original vampire deathscenes I have seen! Not gonna spoil it for you guys but be on the lookout for that. <br><br>As you can see, I don't have a great many bad things to say about thisone. Maybe they screwed around with the vampire mythos a little toomuch, I mean a were-panther/vampire dude? Maybe that was a little toomuch. But I guess it just adds to the bizarre feeling this movie has.<br><br>Also some of the acting wasn't so good, mainly from the young guy whoplays the son of the doctor in the film. He delivers his lines with alot of overacting. But thats just a minor flaw, it was an all aroundgood Hammer flick. <br><br>So, in conclusion. I'm glad I finally got to see Vampire Circus its afilm that was fun because its weird freaky carnival feel and itslikable villains. Too bad this film is often times ignored and doesn'tget the recognition it deserves. Why release films like "The SatanicRites of Dracula" which are just plain hurtful to look at, and thenjust completely ignore a gem like this? Sadly this film isn't evenavailable in the United States. <br><br>It certainly is one of the most unique vampire films to come out ofHammers House of Horror, and one that any Vampire/Hammer lover shouldnot miss. <br><br>Rating: 4 out of 5
A village in Nineteenth Century Europe is at first relieved when a circus breaks through the quarantine to take the local's minds off the plague. But their troubles are only beginning as children begin to disappear and the legacy of a long-ago massacre is brought to light.
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