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Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant (2009)

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Teenager, Darren Shan, meets a mysterious man at a freak show who turns out to be a Vampire. After a series of events Darren must leave his normal life and go on the road with the Cirque Du Freak and become a Vampire.

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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

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Meet Darren. He's sixteen going on immortal.


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Rated PG-13 for sequences of intense supernatural violence and action, disturbing images, thematic elements and some language | See all certifications »

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23 October 2009 (USA)  »

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$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£798,641 (UK) (23 October 2009)

Gross:

$13,838,130 (USA) (20 November 2009)
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Students who attended a school in which a few scenes of the movie were shot were cast as extras. See more »

Goofs

When Mr. Tiny tosses the Cirque du Freak flyer out of his car window, the date on it when Darren picks it up says April 13th. Yet when he is looking at it in class right after, the date is September 13th. When the flyer shows up at Darren's house with Mr. Tiny's message in red ink, the date is back to April 13th. See more »

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Larten Crepsley: Life may be meaningless, but I have real hopes for death.
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Something Is Not Right with Me
Written by Nathan Willett, Jonnie Russell (as Jonathan Russell), Matt Aveiro, Matt Maust
Performed by Cold War Kids
Courtesy of Downtown Records
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Funny and Dark
26 September 2009 | by (Austin, TX, USA) – See all my reviews

I just saw this movie at Fantastic Fest in Austin. I really loved it. Unlike the Potter movies, it succeeds in being dark without taking itself too seriously. The characters were rich, the acting superb, and the pace was neither frantic nor plodding, but just right. John C. Reilly was excellent -- he had a very powerful presence that I'd not really noticed before.

I haven't read the books, but the actors said the books' author also loved the movie. I realize movies rarely live up to readers' ideals, but this movie really stood on its own merits. There was a lot of dark/sarcastic humor (one-liners, mostly) in the movie that I understand wasn't in the books -- and it really worked. Unlike the Harry Potter books, I'm anxious to read these due to my appreciation of the movie.


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