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Nightmare Circus (1974)

R | | Horror | August 1974 (USA)
Three showgirls on their way to Las Vegas have car trouble and are stuck all night out in the desert. The next morning cheerful Andre offers them help in fixing their car. However, Andre is... See full summary »

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Andre
Manuela Thiess ...
Simone (as Manuella Thiess)
Sherry Alberoni ...
Sheri
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Corrine
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Mrs. Baynes (as Shiela Bromley)
Gil Lamb ...
Mr. Alvarez
Al Cormier ...
Sheriff Stanford
Chuck Niles ...
Derek Moore
Jennifer Ashley ...
Flower Child
Laura Campbell ...
Laura
Sonja Dunson ...
Sonja
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Karene (as Karene Fredrik)
Lin Henson ...
Lin
Jolene Lontere ...
Crazy Girl
Jeane Manson ...
Jean (as Jean Manson)
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Three showgirls on their way to Las Vegas have car trouble and are stuck all night out in the desert. The next morning cheerful Andre offers them help in fixing their car. However, Andre is really a maniac with a lot of family problems; his mother ran out on him when he was a child so now he keeps kidnapped women chained up in his barn and trains them to perform circus tricks. Andre's father is still around of course, but because the old homestead is next to a nuclear test site he has been transformed into a raving homicidal mutant that Andre keeps locked up in a shed. Written by Jeremy Lunt <durlinlunt@acadia.net>

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Captive young girls... chained... abused... by a Madman!

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August 1974 (USA)  »

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Barn of the Naked Dead  »

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Star Andrew Prine has been quoted as saying, "This is the only movie I ever regretted making". See more »

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Referenced in Reanimator Academy (1992) See more »

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Evil Eyes
by Tommy Vig, Harvey Siders, Chuck Niles
Sung by Pamela Miller
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Antifable With No Happy Ending
22 July 2002 | by (Sonoran Desert) – See all my reviews

Barn of the Nekkid Dead - or Nightmare Circus - is a film about a demented young man named Andre who captures women and keeps them chained in the barn. He believes that he is the ringleader of a circus and that they are the trained animals in his act. Andre is a psychopath, but it's not all his fault - his mother left him when he was very young and his father has turned into a murderous radioactive mutant. Andre crushes rebellion among his animals by feeding would-be rebels to his pet mountain lion or to his father.

The obvious moral of the story would be that men treat women horribly, be it is more likely that the pretense of the moral is an excuse to show attractive young women chained and whipped. The best part of this movie is the ending. Help is on the way in the background from the beginning but by the time it arrives at the barn, Andre's father has killed almost everyone. It's refreshing to watch a film without a morally happy ending.


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