Teenager Darren Shan is an excellent student and the pride and joy of his perfect middle-class family; his best friend is the reckless Steve. When they receive a flyer with an advertisement for a freak show, they sneak to the theater to see the attractions. The ringmaster is a vampire called Larten Crepsley, that has a lethal spider. After the show, Steve tells Darren to go home. However he returns and overhears Steve unsuccessfully trying to convince Larten to transform him into a vampire. Darren steals Larten's spider which bites Steve later and he seeks out Larten asking for an antidote for his friend. Larten proposes a deal to Darren. Written by
Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Meet Darren. He's sixteen going on immortal.
Motion Picture Rating
Rated PG-13 for sequences of intense supernatural violence and action, disturbing images, thematic elements and some language
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23 October 2009 (USA)
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Also Known As:
Cirque du Freak
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Opening Weekend: £798,641
(23 October 2009)
(20 November 2009)
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Aspect Ratio: 2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?
What drew John C. Reilly
to play Larten Crepsley was "the fact that it was a real person, that he wasn't some supernatural mystical being that can turn into a vampire bat. The powers weren't so extreme that it was just another thing altogether, that this guy was a person who was alive in the 1800s who was essentially about my age. If you account the slow aging, he is forty something years old" he said. See more
At the very beginning, when Steve puts a rose on Darren's coffin, there is no spider bite/bruise on his right cheek. Later, when Steve is shaking Darren in the coffin (obviously before the graveyard), the bruise is there. See more
Thank you ladies and gentlemen. I am so excited to be here in an anonymous small town that used to have character but is now just a bland suburb filled with chain stores and surrounded by slums.
[awkward silence in audience
It really is a pleasure to be here. And I am SO honoured that bla bla bla and so on and so forth and etcetera ad nauseum.
There Was a Time - Kenny Dope Remix
Written by James Brown
, Buddy Hobgood
Performed by James Brown
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