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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Manuela Thiess ...
Simone (as Manuella Thiess)
Sherry Alberoni ...
Mrs. Baynes (as Shiela Bromley)
Gil Lamb ...
Mr. Alvarez
Al Cormier ...
Sheriff Stanford
Chuck Niles ...
Derek Moore
Jennifer Ashley ...
Flower Child
Laura Campbell ...
Sonja Dunson ...
Karene (as Karene Fredrik)
Lin Henson ...
Jolene Lontere ...
Crazy Girl
Jeane Manson ...
Jean (as Jean Manson)


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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Release Date:

August 1974 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Barn of the Naked Dead  »

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1.85 : 1
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Alan Rudolph replaced Jerald Cormier as director early in the production of this film. See more »


Evil Eyes
by Tommy Vig, Harvey Siders, Chuck Niles
Sung by Pamela Miller
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fun, in a twisted perverted way....
6 March 2008 | by See all my reviews


I just got finished watching this new release by Legend House and to say I was more than pleased would be an understatement. I was always fascinated by this title when I was a kid but never got a chance to see the film, but when it ran at the New Beverly a few years back as part of Eric Cadien & Brian Quinn's "Grindhouse" monthly exploitation festival in Hollywood, I was blown away. The print they had that night was okay, the print the Legend House got a hold of is great. The film looks fantastic and it sounds great. This is a fun movie, just read the title again, "Barn of the Naked Dead", if you are looking to fill your cinematic cravings with dry boring art house fodder, you will go hungry. But if you really want to have a good time you can feast on this celluloid sampler on good old fashion tasting pulp and menace. Andrew Prine gives a great performance as Andre, who has a strange but strong lineage to another alienated outcast that runs a motel and goes by the name Norman. The extras are a blast. Johnny Legend, the white bearded namesake of Legend House, has fun talking with Prine and also there is complimentary segment where Legend talks with filmmakers John Landis (who no matter what he says is enjoying being there) and other fun cult movie directors. I don't know what other reviewers are talking about when they say that this copy is not of good quality, I may not be an anal retentive cineaste like some, but I can tell you the print looks great, it is NOT a cheap VHS dupe or knock off (maybe these cinefile experts really don't know what they are talking about) and if you want to have a fun time watching something that isn't going to tax your brain and something that will tickle and entice those dark little corners of your mind, pick up Legend House release of this film.

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