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Psycho-Circus (1966)
"Circus of Fear" (original title)

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A circus becomes the location for stolen loot and murder.

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Gregor
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Elliott
Anthony Newlands ...
Barberini
Heinz Drache ...
Carl
Eddi Arent ...
Eddie
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Manfred
Margaret Lee ...
Gina
Suzy Kendall ...
Natasha
Cecil Parker ...
Sir John
Victor Maddern ...
Mason
Maurice Kaufmann ...
Mario
Lawrence James ...
Manley
Tom Bowman ...
Jackson
Skip Martin ...
Mr. Big
Nosher Powell ...
Red (as Fred Powell)
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A circus becomes the location for stolen loot and murder.

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The most horrifying syndicate of evil in history!


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The 1967 USA release was in black and white and edited down to 65 minutes for bookings on the lower half of the bill. See more »

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About five minutes into the movie, when the police are chasing the van, the shadow of the camera is visible on the front of the van. See more »

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Edited from Circus of Horrors (1960) See more »

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21 July 2004 | by (Herefordshire, England) – See all my reviews

Christopher Lee in "Circus Of Fear". It's got to be a horror movie, right ? Well, no. "Circus Of Fear" is a pretty classic-style whodunnit full of red herrings and characters with skeletons in their cupboards.

It starts with a very dramatic and almost silent armoured car heist which goes terribly wrong when a security guard is shot and killed. The gang escape and divide up the loot, saving one share for their boss who only communicates with them via the phone and who none of them have ever seen. The action soon moves to the winter quarters of Barberini's circus - which appears to be somewhere in Berkshire! There is a quite surreal shot of a line of elephants and camels moving down a suburban street. The rest of the film takes place here, its anglo-German cast perfectly capturing the international flavour of the circus. And it is here that the murder mystery element of the film really takes off. Leo Genn is 'Gentleman Jim' Elliott, the police inspector investigating the heist. Though it seems most of the circus folk are keeping an eye on each other. Christopher Lee makes a startling appearance as Gregor, the lion tamer, who wears a black hood at all times to hide the horrible scars he received when he was attacked by a lion. The film was written and produced by Harry Alan Towers, for whom Lee made the series of Fu Manchu pictures, and directed by John Moxey, for whom he had made the 1959 occult chiller "City Of The Dead". There are pleasures to be had from cameo appearances by the likes of Cecil Parker as Elliott's superior and Klaus Kinski who gets to lurk menacingly as a member of the gang. It's not long before more bodies start piling up. But who is the killer ? Is it Barberini, the circus owner with financial troubles ? Mario, the jealous knife-thrower ? Maybe it's Mr. Big, the blackmailer ? Or Karl, the ringmaster with an unhealthy interest in Gina, Mario's girlfriend ? Or maybe it's Gregor, whose brother is in jail for murder ? I've seen the film. I know the truth. The killer is..Aaaarghh!


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