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Vampire Circus (1972)

PG | | Horror | 11 October 1972 (USA)
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As the plague sweeps the countryside, a quarantined village is visited by a mysterious traveling circus. Soon, young children begin to disappear, and the locals suspect the circus troupe might be hiding a horrifying secret.

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Robert Young

Writer:

Jud Kinberg (screenplay) (as Judson Kinberg)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Adrienne Corri ... Gypsy Woman
Thorley Walters ... Burgermeister
Anthony Higgins ... Emil (as Anthony Corlan)
John Moulder-Brown ... Anton
Laurence Payne ... Mueller
Richard Owens ... Dr. Kersh
Lynne Frederick ... Dora
Elizabeth Seal ... Gerta
Robin Hunter Robin Hunter ... Hauser
Domini Blythe Domini Blythe ... Anna
Robert Tayman Robert Tayman ... Count Mitterhaus
John Bown John Bown ... Schilt
Mary Wimbush ... Elvira
Christine Paul ... Rosa (as Christina Paul)
Robin Sachs ... Heinrich
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Storyline

A village in Nineteenth Century Europe is at first relieved when a circus breaks through the quarantine to take the local's minds off the plague. But their troubles are only beginning as children begin to disappear and the legacy of a long-ago massacre is brought to light. Written by David Carroll <davidc@atom.ansto.gov.au>

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vampire | castle | curse | lust | circus | See All (22) »

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The greatest blood-show on earth! See more »

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Horror

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 October 1972 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La gitana y el vampiro See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

According to various books on Hammer films, this film went over schedule and some key scenes were never filmed. Ironically Rank called it Hammer's best film in a decade. See more »

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Quotes

Michael: The Circus of Nights! A hundred delights!
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Alternate Versions

The BBFC examiners originally required heavy cuts to the film but many of these were successfully waived after Hammer consulted BBFC head Stephen Murphy. Among the cuts were shots of Hauser's burnt face (reduced from 2 to 1), a face stabbing during the opening skirmish in the castle (removed completely), some bloody shots during the climactic decapitation, the whipping of Gerta, erotic elements of the circus 'whip' dance, and shots of the mutilated panther victims in the forest. However the latter scenes seem to have been reduced rather than cut, leaving the results somewhat ambiguous. It is unlikely that the cut footage still survives, and all later video and DVD releases feature the UK cinema print. See more »

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References Cat People (1942) See more »

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Good-bye Ma, I'm off to join the circus!
1 January 2014 | by JoeB131See all my reviews

This is part of Hammer Films later output, when they finally figured out they could put nudity in their movies instead of just implied sexuality What you have is sort of a confused mess of a story where a bunch of villagers kill off their Vampire Count, who swears revenge before they blow up his castle. His human mistress goes off to find his cousin, and for some reason, she gave birth to two vampire twins who are fully grown 15 years later. (One of them played by Doctor Who's Lalla Ward.) So apparently, these villagers don't think anything is strange about a circus showing up and people mysteriously disappearing or dying in their midst.

So some nudity, some gore, some nice Hammer stylistic visuals, but lacking the gravitas that Cushing and Christopher Lee usually brought to these things.


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