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Director:
Writer:
Judson Kinberg (screenplay)
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Release Date:
11 October 1972 (USA) See more »
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Human fangs ripping throats - no sawdust can soak up the torrent of blood! See more »
Plot:
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... See more » | Full synopsis »
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Extremely creepy and vastly underrated Hammer film See more (62 total) »

Cast

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Adrienne Corri ... Gypsy Woman
Thorley Walters ... Burgermeister

Anthony Higgins ... Emil (as Anthony Corlan)

John Moulder-Brown ... Anton Kersh
Laurence Payne ... Prof. Albert Mueller
Richard Owens ... Dr. Kersh

Lynne Frederick ... Dora Mueller
Elizabeth Seal ... Gerta Hauser
Robin Hunter ... Hauser
Domini Blythe ... Anna Mueller
Robert Tayman ... Count Mitterhaus
John Bown ... Schilt
Mary Wimbush ... Elvira
Christine Paul-Podlasky ... Rosa

Robin Sachs ... Heinrich

Lalla Ward ... Helga
Skip Martin ... Michael

David Prowse ... Strongman (as Dave Prowse)
Roderick Shaw ... Jon Hauser
Barnaby Shaw ... Gustav Hauser
Milovan Vesnitch ... The Webers - Male Dancer (as Milovan and Serena)
Serena ... The Webers - Female Dancer (as Milovan and Serena)
Jane Darby ... Jenny Schilt
Sibylla Kay ... Mrs. Schilt
Dorothy Frere ... Granma Schilt
Sean Hewitt ... First Soldier
Giles Phibbs ... Sexton
Jason James ... Foreman
Arnold Locke ... Old Villager
Bradforts-Amaros (as Bradforts - Amaros)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Anna Bentinck ... Schoolgirl (uncredited)

Richard Calder ... Villager (uncredited)
David de Keyser ... Mitterhaus's Curse (voice) (uncredited)
Nina Francis ... Schoolgirl (uncredited)
Drina Pavlovic ... Schoolgirl (uncredited)
Jenny Twigge ... Schoolgirl (uncredited)

Directed by
Robert Young  (as Robert William Young)
 
Writing credits
Judson Kinberg (screenplay)

George Baxt  story (uncredited)
Wilbur Stark  story (uncredited)

Produced by
Wilbur Stark .... producer
Michael Carreras .... executive producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
David Whitaker 
 
Cinematography by
Moray Grant (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Peter Musgrave 
 
Casting by
James Liggat 
 
Art Direction by
Scott MacGregor  (as Scott Macgregor)
 
Makeup Department
Jill Carpenter .... makeup artist
Anne McFadyen .... hairdressing
 
Production Management
Tom Sachs .... production manager
Roy Skeggs .... production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Derek Whitehurst .... assistant director
Graham Easton .... third assistant director (uncredited)
Lindsey Vickers .... second assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Arthur Banks .... construction manager
Don Picton .... assistant art director
Jimmy Carreras .... art department runner (uncredited)
Richard Rambaut .... chief draughtsman (uncredited)
Edward Rodrigo .... props buyer (uncredited)
Danny Skundric .... chargehand props (uncredited)
Peter Wallis .... stand-by props (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Ken Barker .... dubbing mixer
Claude Hitchcock .... sound recordist
Roy Hyde .... sound editor
Ken Barker .... sound re-recording mixer (uncredited)
Keith Batten .... boom operator (uncredited)
Graham V. Hartstone .... sound re-recording mixer (uncredited)
Chris Munro .... assistant boom operator (uncredited)
Laurie Reed .... sound camera operator (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Les Bowie .... special effects
 
Stunts
Bradforts-Amaros .... stunt doubles: Robin Sachs & Lalla Ward (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Wally Byatt .... camera operator (as Walter Byatt)
Peter Carmody .... clapper (uncredited)
Peter Carmody .... loader (uncredited)
Ted Lockhart .... grip (uncredited)
Bob Smith .... focus puller (uncredited)
Vic Smith .... gaffer (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Brian Owen-Smith .... wardrobe supervisor
 
Editorial Department
Roger Wilson .... first assistant editor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Philip Martell .... music supervisor
Philip Martell .... musical director (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Mary Chipperfield .... animal adviser
June Randall .... continuity
Adrian Delahaye .... unit runner (uncredited)
Frank Law .... publicity director (uncredited)
 

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87 min | USA:84 min
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Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Certification:
Argentina:X (original rating) | Argentina:18 (re-rating) | Australia:R | Finland:K-15 (video rating) | France:-12 | Germany:18 | Italy:VM18 | Singapore:M18 | Sweden:15 | UK:18 | UK:X (original rating) | UK:15 (re-rating) | USA:PG (certificate #23072)

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29 out of 36 people found the following review useful.
Extremely creepy and vastly underrated Hammer film, 16 August 2004
Author: Coventry from the Draconian Swamp of Unholy Souls

People are always mentioning the Dracula series when talking about Hammer's best Vampire flicks and, every once and a while, `The Vampire Lovers' and `Twins of Evil' are named. But I never heard anyone praising Vampire Circus before… And yet this is one of the greatest vampire movies I've seen so far. A very structured and ingenious story with frightening characters, nasty gore and constant action. The most fantastic aspects about this film are the genuine strangeness and fairytale-like atmosphere. Yet, the solid tension-level of this film depends on a simple principle: circus people are eerie, and the idea of a travelling bunch of circus freaks is ominous. The legendary director Tod Browning already knew this back in 1932 and the overlooked chiller `Circus of Horrors' also follows this principle closely. Personally, I get a lot more uncomfortable at the sight of a painted-face midget than when seeing aliens, bogeymen or whatever other overblown horror characters.

Vampire Circus is terrifically set in 19th century Serbia. 15 years after the townsfolk of a little community killed an evil count, they live in complete misery. The Plague has isolated them from the rest of the world and they live under the believe they're cursed. A travelling circus finally seems to bring some diversity into the lives of the poor townspeople with their amusing tricks of changing into nightly animals back and forth. But, there seems to be an horrific connection between the eerie circus and the destroyed count… Most members of the circus are vampires too, coming to avenge the Count's death and to make him rise from his tomb. For once in your life, look beyond the poor production values! Vampire circus looks laughable and cheesy, but it really does have a compelling story to tell. A story with all the necessary horror ingredients: tension, gore (surprisingly much), great music, good-looking girls and even a bit of nudity. The more Hammer movies I see, the more I think this production company rules!! Even their most underrated ones, like it's definitely the case for Vampire Circus, must be seen by every horror fan. Highly recommended!

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