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Nightmare Circus (1974)

R  |   |  Horror  |  August 1974 (USA)
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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... See full summary »

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Andre
Manuela Thiess ...
Simone (as Manuella Thiess)
Sherry Alberoni ...
Sheri
Gyl Roland ...
Corrine
Sheila Bromley ...
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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From the acclaimed director of "The Moderns" . . .
6 November 2004 | by (Denver, Colorado and Santiago, Chile) – See all my reviews

From the acclaimed director of "The Moderns" and "Choose Me" we have a timeless, heartwarming tale of a deranged man living in rural Nevada who kidnaps stranded female motorists (which there seem to be an inordinate amount of for rural Nevada) and, bullwhip in hand, trains them to perform in his private circus, all the while his father who has been turned into deformed monster by radiation from nuclear tests runs amuck.

As other reviewers have noted there is a definite lack of nakedness in this movie alternatively titled "Barn of the Naked Dead", but a lot of bare breasts and female buttocks would only distract from the real (and perhaps only) reason to see this movie--Andrew Prine. Andrew Prine was second only to David Hess when it came to portraying sick psychopaths in 70's drive-in movies, but where Hess's psychos were just flat-out creeps, Prine's could be hilariously funny (even though it wasn't always clear whether the actor himself was in on the joke as he always seemed to take these roles VERY seriously). While this is far from his best work, Prine is always fun to watch.

This movie might also have a bit of "car wreck" appeal considering that it is loudly rattling skeleton in the closet of esteemed director Alan Rudolph. It has an incredibly ridiculous ending that can perhaps only be explained by Prine and the three female leads all walking off the set before the final scene leaving Rudolph to completely pull something out of his. . .well, see it and tell me where it came from. It's hard to believe that anybody would make a movie like this, let alone the otherwise respectable Rudolph.

Addendum: this movie was recently re-releaesed on DVD by Johnny Legend with brief nude scenes of overweight actresses that (partially) justify the alternate title.


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