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Vampire Circus (1972)

PG | | Horror | 11 October 1972 (USA)
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As the plague sweeps the countryside, a quarantined village is visited by a mysterious traveling circus. Soon, young children begin to disappear, and the locals suspect the circus troupe might be hiding a horrifying secret.

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Robert Young

Writer:

Jud Kinberg (screenplay) (as Judson Kinberg)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Adrienne Corri ... Gypsy Woman
Thorley Walters ... Burgermeister
Anthony Higgins ... Emil (as Anthony Corlan)
John Moulder-Brown ... Anton
Laurence Payne ... Mueller
Richard Owens ... Dr. Kersh
Lynne Frederick ... Dora
Elizabeth Seal ... Gerta
Robin Hunter Robin Hunter ... Hauser
Domini Blythe ... Anna
Robert Tayman Robert Tayman ... Count Mitterhaus
John Bown John Bown ... Schilt
Mary Wimbush ... Elvira
Christine Paul ... Rosa (as Christina Paul)
Robin Sachs ... Heinrich
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Storyline

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. Written by David Carroll <davidc@atom.ansto.gov.au>

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vampire | castle | curse | lust | circus | See All (23) »

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Human fangs ripping throats - no sawdust can soak up the torrent of blood! See more »

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Horror

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 October 1972 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La gitana y el vampiro See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

According to various books on Hammer films, this film went over schedule and some key scenes were never filmed. Ironically Rank called it Hammer's best film in a decade. See more »

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Quotes

Michael: The Circus of Nights! A hundred delights!
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Alternate Versions

The BBFC examiners originally required heavy cuts to the film but many of these were successfully waived after Hammer consulted BBFC head Stephen Murphy. Among the cuts were shots of Hauser's burnt face (reduced from 2 to 1), a face stabbing during the opening skirmish in the castle (removed completely), some bloody shots during the climactic decapitation, the whipping of Gerta, erotic elements of the circus 'whip' dance, and shots of the mutilated panther victims in the forest. However the latter scenes seem to have been reduced rather than cut, leaving the results somewhat ambiguous. It is unlikely that the cut footage still survives, and all later video and DVD releases feature the UK cinema print. See more »

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Look Beyond The Poor Production Values ...
13 August 2004 | by Theo RobertsonSee all my reviews

... And you'll find a pretty good story in there

It's interesting to note that just about everyone on this page enjoyed VAMPIRE CIRCUS . I can take or leave horror movies especially ones involving vampires because they're self limiting , ( I mean how scary is a person with false teeth ? ) and for much of this movie we're treated to some substandard production values typical of Hammer studios in the early 1970s , the circus arena is supposed to be in the open air but is obviously filmed on an interior film set , the editing and special effects are really poor , there's a sequence with villagers being thrashed to death with a rug ( Well that's what it looked like to me ) while the cast are very uneven with John Moulder-Brown as Anton being just about the most unlikely hero I've ever seen in a horror movie . Oh and there's plenty of scenes with people with false teeth like those ones you buy at a joke shop

But... ...despite all this VAMPIRE CIRCUS is a very entertaining horror movie . I don't know if it's because I've seen too many smart ass post modernist American horror flicks recently but a story featuring a Central European village being cut off from the outside world because of plague and its inhabitants being killed one by one by a bunch of vengeful vampires appeals to me more than a self referrential story set in 21st century America . In fact many of the killings are paedophillic murders so this gives the movie a disturbingly adult strength in what could easily be dismissed as a silly movie


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