The Theatre of Death in Paris specialises in horror presentations. A police surgeon finds himself becoming involved in the place through his attraction to one of the performers. When ... See full summary »
Both Scotland Yard and an amateur American sleuth are tracking a master criminal known as The Frog. This moniker refers to the bulging-eyed mask worn by the evildoer, and is reflected by ... See full summary »
Elfie von Kalckreuth,
A Scotland Yard detective is investigating a string of robberies and a murder, and the information he uncovers leads him to the estate of a wealthy but strange English family, who share ... See full summary »
While traveling to a resort in Tunisia, the magician and clairvoyant Professor Vestar befriends the idle millionaire Edouard Vangard and he offers a ride in his car. Vestar discloses to ... See full summary »
Though shot in color, the film was released in Germany only in black-and-white. The main reason was the close relationship of Rialto Film, the Production Company of the German Edgar Wallace Series, and Constantin Film, this film's German distributor and co-producer. Rialto Film wanted to promote a production of their own as the "first Edgar Wallace Film in Color". This film was to be The Hunchback of Soho (1966), released in Germany only a couple of months after "Circus of Fear". The original colour version of the film was released in Germany for the first time ever on DVD in 2006, though in edited form. See more »
When the police are chasing the van, the weather alternates between cloudy and rainy, and bright sunlight between shots. See more »
British bank heist ends up at circus winter quarters complicating the who-done-it.
This is a perfect "B" movie. It starts off as a well-planned bank vehicle heist at the draw bridge of London Towers. The crime follows perfect timing among the thieves until a snag happens. Once the heist is completed the haunting theme starts and the movie begins. We follow astutely honorable Leo Genn, as Elliot the Scotland Yard investigator, to Barberini's Circus settling in its winter quarters. Somehow the money trail ends there. Who, what, where and when is a windy road with great characterizations and scenes. Christopher Lee is the hooded Gregor, masked in mystery also kept by his lovely niece Natasha (Suzy Kendall) who fancies Heinz Drache; the attractive circus ringmaster with a secret edge to him. Barberini, deftly played by Anthony Newlands, has all the bigness of a circus owner; making policy and calling the shots; a powerful personality in his Russian hat and odd accent. Maurice Kaufmann is Mario, the controlling jealous boyfriend of the beautiful playgirl Gina, played by a beguiling Margaret Lee. Add to the mix Klaus Kinski, the oddly affected criminal trying to tie up ends; Mason, the imperfect money deliverer; hard boiled crime leader Jackson; Manley, the sweet local police lieutenant; Cecil Parker as the incredulous eye-popping Sir John; Skip Martin as the conniving midget Mr. Big; and the idiotically sweet Eddie (Eddi Arentt), the circus owner's right hand man and clown wanna-be. It is an interesting story; a good mystery, with a fabulous theme weaving interesting characters with mysterious agendas, starkly filmed, with a surprise ending well worth the wait. It is on my A list. Enjoy.
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