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Monica Rivers is the owner and ringmaster of a traveling circus, and she'll stop at nothing to draw bigger audiences. When a series of mysterious murders begins to occur and some of her ... See full summary »

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Monica Rivers
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Frank Hawkins
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Matilda
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Albert Dorando
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Angela Rivers
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Detective Supt. Brooks
Geoffrey Keen ...
Commissioner Dalby
Sydney Tafler ...
Harrison Liston
George Claydon ...
Bruno Fontana
Philip Madoc ...
Lazlo
Ambrosine Phillpotts ...
Miss Burrows
Thomas Cimarro ...
Gaspar
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Gustavo
Golda Casimir ...
Bearded Lady
Ted Lune ...
Skeleton Man
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Monica Rivers is the owner and ringmaster of a traveling circus, and she'll stop at nothing to draw bigger audiences. When a series of mysterious murders begins to occur and some of her performers die gruesomely, her profits soar. She hires high-wire walker Frank Hawkins, impressed by the handsome and muscular young man. They begin an affair which arouses her previous lover Durando's jealousy. When Durando is found dead shortly afterward, the other performers begin to take alarm, as a mysterious killer is obviously loose in their midst. Many suspect Monica herself of the killings, especially Matilda, who has set her sights on Monica's new lover. At this point, Monica's unruly, sixteen-year-old daughter Angela is expelled from school for being incorrigible, and Monica is forced to take her into the circus, allowing her to become the partner of knife-thrower Gustavo. Meanwhile, the dead bodies continue to pile up... Written by alfiehitchie

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The motion picture that pits steel weapons against steel nerves!!! See more »


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11 January 1968 (USA)  »

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Circus of Terror  »

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Trivia

Joan Crawford supplied her own wardrobe for the film, with the exception of the leotard which was designed by Edith Head. See more »

Goofs

Although the film takes place at The Great Rivers Circus, all the elephants' headdresses bear the initials "BS" - for Billy Smart's Circus, the real circus they performed in. See more »

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Monica Rivers: We're running a circus, not a charm school.
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Circus murders and Joan Crawford looking aghast--oh, the horror!
20 May 2006 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

Joan Crawford made some decent (if routine) thrillers after the success of "What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?", but "Berserk!" isn't one of them. A scream-filled, British-made heap of horror clichés, the plot involves a traveling circus beset with a psychopathic killer. Crawford runs the carnage-ridden carnival, and shows lots o' leg in her circus-manager costumes, yet these revealing outfits are a little bit laughable on a woman well into her sixties. Despite the obvious camp-value, the film isn't very enjoyable; it's shameful swill, a low-budget atrocity which may attract masochistic film-buffs, although the trained poodle act is kinda cute. *1/2 from ****


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