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Psycho-Circus (1966)

Circus of Fear (original title)
Not Rated | | Horror, Mystery, Thriller | May 1967 (USA)
A circus becomes the location for stolen loot and murder.


Werner Jacobs, John Llewellyn Moxey (as John Moxey)


Harry Alan Towers (screenplay) (as Peter Welbeck)




Cast overview, first billed only:
Christopher Lee ... Gregor
Leo Genn ... Inspector Elliott
Anthony Newlands ... Barberini
Heinz Drache ... Carl
Eddi Arent ... Eddie
Klaus Kinski ... Manfred
Margaret Lee ... Gina
Suzy Kendall ... Natasha
Cecil Parker ... Sir John
Victor Maddern ... Mason
Maurice Kaufmann ... Mario
Lawrence James Lawrence James ... Detective Sgt. Manley
Tom Bowman Tom Bowman ... Jackson
Skip Martin ... Mr. Big
Nosher Powell Nosher Powell ... Red (as Fred Powell)


A circus becomes the location for stolen loot and murder.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


The most horrifying syndicate of evil in history!


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Did You Know?


Barberini's circus's winter quarters were largely filmed in Winkfield, Berkshire, the real-life home of Billy Smart's circus, one of Britain's most famous circus companies. See more »


The knife-thrower practices in front of onlookers, but when the wheel with the glamorous assistant strapped to it stops, the knives have been rearranged to make a tighter outline around her body. See more »


Barberini: Two years ago he was involved in a serious accident and very badly scarred. He carries on the act in the family tradition but never without the mask.
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Alternate Versions

Video version entitled Circus of Fear includes new footage and introduction with John Carradine. See more »

User Reviews

Don't be fooled by the credits, Lee is not the main star in this one.
28 March 2004 | by Aaron1375See all my reviews

This movie would lead you to believe that Christopher Lee is the main star, but he is not in it all that much. He is in this one more than he was in "Scream and Scream Again", but for most of his scenes he is wearing a hood. This movie was sort of good, sort of bad. The opening of the movie was messed up on the copy I got as scenes skipped here and there and the sound was messed up too, but as the movie went along it got better. This movie first shows a complicated armored truck robbery in to much detail. It then shifted to the circus where the police tracked some of the money. In the circus we meet all sorts of strange characters; any number of them could be responsible for the robbery and a murder that took place on circus grounds. Of course, the movie leads you to believe this or that person committed the crime and each time they usually clear the person of the crime. Could have been better, but it could have been worse it was somewhat interesting. Has to be one of the only movies ever to end with a little person being fired.

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Release Date:

May 1967 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Company Credits

Production Co:

Circus Films, Proudweeks See more »
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Technical Specs


| (edited) (black and white)

Sound Mix:



Black and White | Color (Eastmancolor) (uncredited)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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