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Vampire Circus (1972)

PG | | Horror | 11 October 1972 (USA)
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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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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Human fangs ripping throats - no sawdust can soak up the torrent of blood! See more »

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La gitana y el vampiro  »

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Laurence Payne was an 11th hour casting choice replacing Anton Rodgers who dropped out because of illness. See more »

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Michael: The Circus of Nights! A hundred delights!
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Featured in The World of Hammer: Dracula & the Undead (1994) See more »

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much blood and nudity

One of the much better Hammer movies, this keeps going really well until right before the end, when there is a rather lame chase/fight that looked as if it came out of the school playground. However, this starts in startling form with much blood and nudity, to say nothing of an even more startling child abduction/murder. An isolated village is suffering both from the plague and from 'sins of the fathers'. Basically a vampire is p***ed off that he was 'killed' and swears revenge. This is effected largely with the use of a visiting circus and gives the film a tremendous boost. People and animals turn into each other and a dance by the tiger/lady is, as they say, worth the price of admission alone. Super well paced sexy, bloody horror, complete with campy performance from, you know who, before he played Darth Vader.


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