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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.

Director:

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 Carnival comes to town! [video cover] See more »

Genres:

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

Laurence Payne was an 11th hour casting choice replacing Anton Rodgers who dropped out because of illness. 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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Referenced in Bloodsucking Freaks (1976) See more »

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Interesting, unusual vampire flick.
27 November 2007 | by hu675See all my reviews

An small village somewhere in Europe, where the villagers can't leave their small town. Because of the recent plague, then an mysterious group of circus people (Lead by Adrienne Corri) are coming to this village to bring happiness and joy to make them forgot the plague. But they are there to bring misery and murder instead. Since this carnival people are actually vampires (even the animals are vampires and could transforms to human begins!) getting their revenge of their master Count Mitterhaus (Robert Tayman) got staked in the heart 15 years ago. Which their master, they were killed by the villagers and now this vampires are trying to kill all the woman and children. So, their master could comeback to life.

Directed by Robert Young (Splitting Heirs) made an fascinating vampire horror movie, despite its poor production values. But this movie has some light erotic moments and some arresting scenes as well. It is also amusing Tongue in Cheek as well. But the British cast are good here and actually well written also. But i felt, there's something missing in the movie. But it's satisfying enough and die-hard fans of the famous "Hammer" production will enjoy this. David Prowse, who plays "The Strongman" in the movie. Prowse is best known for playing "Darth Vader" in the suit in the original "Star Wars" trilogy. (*** ½/*****).


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