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

PG-13  |   |  Action, Adventure, Fantasy  |  23 October 2009 (USA)
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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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Release Date:

23 October 2009 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Cirque du Freak  »

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Box Office


$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£798,641 (UK) (23 October 2009)


$13,838,130 (USA) (20 November 2009)

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This is the first time Paul Weitz makes a film without help from his brother Chris Weitz 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 »


Gavner Purl: There are no real generals left anymore Hombre! You and I, we're the last of the Mo-Freakins!
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Written by Mick Harvey, Nick Cave, Thomas Wydler
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Why. Just why.
16 April 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Let me make this clear: I loved these books. They are the best vampire series I have ever read, and when I heard that they were becoming a movie, I was ecstatic. I thought that maybe, FINALLY, people could see what really good vampires could be like. But I suppose after Eragon and Alex Rider, I should have known better than to give Hollywood that much credit. With the exception of Josh Hutchenson, no one was playing their character justly (or correctly!) and the way the movie arranged the story didn't even make sense. Not only do I want a retraction, I want a movie annulment- that way it never happened in the first place and someone can start all over and do it right.

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