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Circus of Fear
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Release Date:
May 1967 (USA) See more »
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The most horrifying syndicate of evil in history!
Plot:
A circus becomes the location for stolen loot and murder. | Full synopsis »
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nifty little english take on the krimi genre See more (23 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Christopher Lee ... Gregor

Leo Genn ... Insp. Elliott
Anthony Newlands ... Barberini
Heinz Drache ... Carl
Eddi Arent ... Eddie

Klaus Kinski ... Manfred Hart
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)
Gordon Petrie ... Coloured Man
Henry B. Longhurst ... Hotel porter
Dennis Blakely ... Armoured van guard

George Fisher ... Fourth man
Peter Brace ... Speedboat man
Roy Scammell ... Speedboat man
Geoff Silk ... Security man
Keith Peacock ... Security man
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Alfred Vohrer ... Edgar Wallace (archive sound: German version) (uncredited)
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Directed by
Werner Jacobs (german version)
John Llewellyn Moxey (english language version) (as John Moxey)
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Harry Alan Towers  (as Peter Welbeck)
Edgar Wallace  novel "The Three Just Man"

Produced by
Harry Alan Towers .... producer
 
Original Music by
Johnny Douglas 
 
Cinematography by
Ernest Steward 
 
Film Editing by
John Trumper 
 
Art Direction by
Frank White 
 
Makeup Department
Anne Box .... hair stylist
Frank Turner .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Peter Manley .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Barrie Melrose .... assistant director
 
Art Department
George Lack .... assistant art director
 
Sound Department
John Brommage .... sound
Ken Cameron .... sound
John Colville .... sound editor
 
Stunts
Jack Silk .... stunt driver
Nosher Powell .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Karl Bayer .... still photographer
Dudley Lovell .... camera operator
John von Kotze .... assistant camera
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Charles Guerin .... wardrobe supervisor
 
Editorial Department
John Colville .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Johnny Douglas .... conductor
 
Other crew
Eve Wilson .... continuity (as Eve Willson)
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Circus of Fear" - UK (original title)
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Runtime:
90 min
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Black and White | Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
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Certification:
Australia:PG | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | UK:A (original rating) | UK:PG (video rating) | West Germany:12

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Trivia:
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 »
Goofs:
Crew or equipment visible: 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 »
Movie Connections:
Edited from Circus of Horrors (1960)See more »

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21 out of 23 people found the following review useful.
nifty little english take on the krimi genre, 21 January 2004
Author: witold_tietze from brisbane, australia

this movie proved to be a surprisingly effective spin on the then popular german genre of the "krimi": a series of films, often from edgar wallace source novels, which tend to defy the generic conventions of crime dramas by moving into horror, espionage, even sci-fi at times.

beginning with an energetically directed heist sequence, the film soon shifts gear and location, focussing on the machinations of circus folk, in particular the various affairs and double-dealings of a handful of seemingly innocent and not so innocent clowns, midgets, knife-throwers and lion tamers. the two stories are linked, but only about as much as the two stories in "psycho" are linked: one is there to purely to feed the other.

there are twists and turns galore in this film; perhaps a few too many to be entirely plausible. some of the dialogue scenes are a little stilted, too. however, john moxey's direction tends to keep things going quite well, with some surprisingly sophisticated and kinetic direction. (note, for example, the way the loop of gregor's whip hovers around mr big's head to symbolise his attempts to psychologically ensnare his blackmailer.)

performances are generally quite solid, including from the imported german cast (there presumably to keep west german krimi fans happy), and there are definitely a couple of standouts. klaus kinski is unintelligible a usual, especially as he's forever got a cigarette in his mouth, but his presence lifts the film quite a bit. christopher lee is the only crashing disappointment, as he doesn't appear until act two, he's in a mask for most of the film, and his russian accent wavers a little. he really has no definitive presence here, and it's not particularly his story. i'd also have recast a lot of the police officers for a modern audience, as although they're quite old-fashioned (think dixon of dock green or pc 49), their dialogue would suit the stars of "the sweeney" with little adjustment. but then, in a microcosm of the characteristically unusual, perhaps a little grounding in sanity isn't so bad!

overall, this was a surprisingly effective film. i've only seen the restored 91-minute version that's available on dvd, so perhaps a slightly shorter version with some of the duller dialogue scenes cut down would hold the attention a bit better. (can't be as bad as the p;d 65-minute version, though, even if the film does hold up okay in b&w.) but this is definitely a film worth seeing, especially if you want a decent introduction to the world of the krimi. just don't see it if you want a big christopher lee vehicle -- he had more presence in "dracula", and he was only in six minutes of that!

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