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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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Human fangs ripping throats - no sawdust can soak up the torrent of blood! 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

Robert Tayman was dubbed by David de Keyser. 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 Last Call (1991) See more »

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Good and original vampire movie from Hammer Film Productions and Rank Organisation
20 March 2012 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

In Nineteenth Century Europe , at a Servian little town called Schtettle and surroundings have been committed several murders and neighbours think the guilty seems to be the count Mitterhaus (Robert Tayman) . When professor Albert Muller (Laurence Payne) watches how his wife Anna and daughter go into a castle , townsfolk (Thorley Walters , among others) enter to rescue them . They get to kill the sinister vampire count but he promises a grisly curse . Fifteen years later the bloodsucker's curse is carried out on descendants (John Moulder-Brown , Lynne Frederick) . Schtettle (same place from 'Twins of evil') people are dieing for strange illness and the place is quarantined . A village is at first relieved when a circus breaks through the quarantine to take the local's minds off the plague . Only the ¨Circus of nights¨ (Adrienne Corri , Anthony Corlan , David Prowse) passes the limits to bring happiness and joy . The circus appears in the isolated location , but early instead of bringing fun and amusement , the circus brings only misery , mutilation and death . ¨The circus has various animals and attractions as 'Hall of Mirrors', and 'Mirror of life' . It seems all the members are bloodsuckers who have the unique ability to become themselves into animals . They intend to take vendetta on the village , whose inhabitants murdered their ancestor several years formerly .

This vampire film contains thrills , chills , suspense , creepy events and is quite entertaining . From important production companies as ¨Rank¨ and ¨Hammer Films¨ that took two plots , one about an eerie circus and the other about bloodsucker depredations and cobbled them together enough well . There are some fine scenes , as the dancing of the panther woman and and other fantastic ones as the deeds in a Hall of Mirrors . Enjoyable performance for all casting , Adrienne Corri as a circus ringmaster , she subsequently worked in 'Clockwork orange' ; Anthony Corlan as a panther man , he has a long career as Anthony Higgings ; Thorley Walters , a Hammer usual ; Lynne Frederick who married and inherited to Peter Sellers , though she died early ; David Prowse as a strongman , he posteriorly became famous as Darth Vader's Star Wars . Colorful cinematography by Grant , made at Pinewood studios , Shepperton , London , England . Creepy and frightening musical score by David Whitaker .

The motion picture produced by Michael Carreras is well directed by Robert W. Young who has a mediocre career with average titles as ¨Hostage¨ , ¨Scandalous ¨, The world is full of married men¨ ; however ¨Vampire circus¨ is a good yarn and results to be his best film . Hammer film buffs will no doubt recognise this film is one of the best of the Terror House .


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