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Nightmare Circus -- Prine is a human beast who kidnaps women and terrorizes them in his old barn. They are his animal act and he is their ringmaster. Theres even a cool, gross-looking monster in a shed who gets out and reeks havoc at the films climax. An awful film, yet it captivates you all the way through. Nice color, letterboxed, 35mm.


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Release Date:
August 1974 (USA) See more »
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  (in credits order)

Andrew Prine ... 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

Karen Fredrik ... Karene (as Karene Fredrik)
Lin Henson ... Lin
Jolene Lontere ... Crazy Girl
Jeane Manson ... Jean (as Jean Manson)
Leslie Oliver ... Leslie
Marlene Tracy ... Marlene

Byrd Holland ... Club Manager
Nick Archondo ... 1st Deputy
Billy Holms ... 2nd Deputy
Bernie Schwartz ... 1st Hunter
Bill Conway ... 2nd Hunter
David Miller ... Highway Patrolman
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jerald Cormier ... Andre's Father (uncredited)

Directed by
Alan Rudolph 
Writing credits
Jerald Cormier (story) (as Gerald Cormier)

Roman Valenti (screenplay)

Produced by
Marvin Almeas .... associate producer
Jerald Cormier .... producer (as Gerald Cormier)
Shirlee F. Jamail .... executive producer
Alan Rudolph .... producer
Original Music by
Tommy Vig 
Cinematography by
E. Lynn (director of photography)
Art Direction by
Bill Conway 
Makeup Department
Byrd Holland .... special makeup effects creator
Douglas J. White .... special makeup effects creator (as Douglas White)
Production Management
John Patrick Graham .... production manager
Christian Alexander Moran .... post-production manager (restored version)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Edward D. Markley .... assistant director (as Eddie Markley)
Art Department
Al Cormier .... property master
Stephane Goulet .... property designer (uncredited)
Sound Department
Frank A. Coe .... sound effects editor
John Vincent .... sound mixer
Visual Effects by
Byrd Holland .... visual effects creator
Douglas J. White .... visual effects creator (as Douglas White)
David Keith .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Brink Brydon .... best boy
Daniel Dayton .... still photographer (as Dan Dayton)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Allan A. Apone .... wardrobe (as Allen Apone)
Editorial Department
Thomas Penick .... assistant film editor (as Tom Penick)
Music Department
Frank A. Coe .... music editor
Tommy Vig .... conductor
Other crew
Joan Cormier .... assistant to producer

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Barn of the Naked Dead" - USA (reissue title)
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86 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Germany:Not Rated (BPjM restricted) | USA:R
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Did You Know?

Gil Lamb only worked for one day on this movie.See more »
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6 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
Any old thing becomes magically watchable when ANDREW PRINE is in it., 28 October 2003
Author: EyeAskance from fabulous Las Vega$!

The woefully underrated Andrew Prine struts through this lousy but shamefully likable mess with a casually unaffected "yeah, but at least I'm working" charisma. In BARN OF THE NAKED DEAD aka NIGHTMARE CIRCUS, he portrays a mother-fixated psychotic who keeps a private zoo of captive women on his desolate Nevada desert property. The girls are a stock of resistant performers for Prine's sadistic circus-themed psychodramas. If that's not weird enough to win you over, there's also a mutant and a hungry black panther lurking within the cuckoo mix.

As addle-brained 70s shockers go, this can be pretty enjoyable if expressly accepted as the unrefined trash that it is. The overwhelming dearth of professionalism will likely be met with disapproval from a mainstream viewership, but trash-curious types and those of lax standards should find is quite embraceable.


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