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Judson Kinberg (screenplay)
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Release Date:
11 October 1972 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
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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A freaky and unique Vampire film See more (59 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)
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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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Runtime:
87 min | USA:84 min
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1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
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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Trivia:
Laurence Payne was an 11th hour casting choice replacing Anton Rodgers who dropped out because of illness.See more »
Quotes:
Michael:The Circus of Nights! A hundred delights!See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Haunted-ween (1991)See more »

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32 out of 34 people found the following review useful.
A freaky and unique Vampire film, 10 June 2005
Author: spacemonkey_fg from Puerto Rico

Title: Vampire Circus

Director: Robert Young

Cast: Adrienne Corri, Thorley Walters, Anthony Higgins

Review:

Vampire Circus is one of those hard to find, elusive Hammer Vampire flicks. I had been looking for it for the longest time having heard nothing but good things about this uncommon vampire movie. I finally got my hands on it and I feel that I have somehow found the holy grail or something.

It starts out like many vampire flicks. The towns people storming the castle of a vampire who has been feeding on the towns young women and children. They decide to take justice into their own hands and rid the world of Count Mitterhouse.

When I say that this movie starts out like many other vampire flicks, I don't mean that in a bad way. This opening is a very fast paced one, filled with lots of confrontations...somehow you get the feeling that you are walking in on the ending of the film. Count Mitterhouse is a very vicious vampire, he seems almost more fierce then Lee's Dracula in many scenes. Great way to open a movie! In the first 12 minutes you get a couple of towns folk slaughtered full frontal nudity and a little girl killed by Mitterhouse. But when the towns people finally do get to kill him, he says he will one day come to life again and just before he dies he curses the town with a plague.

Fast forward fifteen years later...and people are dying from a horrible curse, the town is quarantined and no one is allowed to leave. If you do try to leave the town...you get shot down! Anyhows in comes the "Circus of Night" a circus that the towns people welcome with open arms...something to take their minds away from all the death that the plague has brought upon them. The "circus of night" has their own little plan under their sleeves but that is for you to find out when you see the movie.

Well people thats the set up for what was surely one of the strangest vampire flicks I have ever seen. I mean...come on....vampires and a weird circus in the same movie, how can you go wrong with a mix like that? Does the movie manage to be interesting after a fast paced action packed opening sequence like that? It sure does.

Like many films with the circus/carnival setting one of the main attractions on this movie were the circus performers. This "circus of night" is filled with your usual circus folk. The Strong Man, The Twins Who turn into bats, The Midget Clown and The Panther who turns into a man, The Body Paint Dancers, Um...OK, maybe they are not your usual circus folk, but they sure do make for an interesting and freaky film. All the characters in the circus are very intriguing simply because of their freakishness, they are certainly more likable then the towns folk.

This Hammer production has more boob shots then usual. The nudity was very abundant in Vampire Circus. Another really cool thing about the flick: the vampires have huuuge fangs. I mean when they open their mouths you get to wondering how they are ever going to close them again with fangs that big. Cool image.

The movie is accompanied by a feeling of surrealism. Be on the lookout for some really freaky performances during the show. Specially those scenes involving "The Mirror of Life". Also those scenes with the naked/body paint/dancing lady. Add to this that the ring master is a midget clown and you have a night of weird bizarro cinema assured. Oh, and it also has one of the coolest and most original vampire death scenes I have seen! Not gonna spoil it for you guys but be on the look out for that.

As you can see, I don't have a great many bad things to say about this one. Maybe they screwed around with the vampire mythos a little too much, I mean a were-panther/vampire dude? Maybe that was a little too much. But I guess it just adds to the bizarre feeling this movie has.

Also some of the acting wasn't so good, mainly from the young guy who plays the son of the doctor in the film. He delivers his lines with a lot of overacting. But thats just a minor flaw, it was an all around good Hammer flick.

So, in conclusion. I'm glad I finally got to see Vampire Circus its a film that was fun because its weird freaky carnival feel and its likable villains. Too bad this film is often times ignored and doesn't get the recognition it deserves. Why release films like "The Satanic Rites of Dracula" which are just plain hurtful to look at, and then just completely ignore a gem like this? Sadly this film isn't even available in the United States.

It certainly is one of the most unique vampire films to come out of Hammers House of Horror, and one that any Vampire/Hammer lover should not miss.

Rating: 4 out of 5

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