Vampire Circus (1972) - News Poster

News

Maleficent's Robert Stromberg to direct new slasher film

Tony Sokol Feb 13, 2017

Robert Stromberg is going from Disney's Malificent to a new slasher movie called Carnival...

The upcoming noir slasher film Carnival is about a knife-throwing artist performing at a traveling circus. But the barnstorming blade buff is not the villain, he is the hunter. In the tradition of Tod Browning’s Freaks, Alejandro Jodorowsky's Santa Sangre, Hammer’s Vampire Circus and Halloween perennial Carnival Of Souls, Carnival will be a three-ringed affair.

Carnival will be directed by Robert Stromberg, the Oscar-winning production designer who made Maleficent (2014) with Angelina Jolie as the sympathetic, malicious witch. Stromberg was the first production designer to ever win back-to- back Oscars, for Avatar and Alice In Wonderland. He turned the lonely journey of astronaut Mark Watney (Matt Damon) from Ridley Scott’s The Martian into The Martian: Vr Experience, which was released at Sundance last year. Stromberg also directed the pilot Dawn for Hulu and MGM.
See full article at Den of Geek »

Chris Alexander’s Shock Treatment: How Vampire Circus Almost Killed Me…Literally!

In this ongoing Shock column, editor Chris Alexander tells tales and muses on classic and obscure horror cinema. As I leak into my forties, I am astonished by just how lazy I am. Well, maybe lazy isn’t the right word. In fact, I’m far from that. I’m busier than I’ve ever been, running this website,…

The post Chris Alexander’s Shock Treatment: How Vampire Circus Almost Killed Me…Literally! appeared first on Shock Till You Drop.
See full article at shocktillyoudrop »

DVD Savant’s Guide to the New Wave of Classic Hammer Blu-rays

Curious about all those Region B Hammer Blu-rays from overseas, the ones requiring a region-free player? As a public service, Savant has solicited an expert opinion (you'll have to take my word for that) of a film restoration/transfer specialist who is also an informed fan of the filmic output of the little horror studio at Bray. I know, real Hammer fans buy first and worry about quality later, but this little guide might be of help to the rest of us budget-conscious collectors.

A 'Guest' article Written by a trusted Savant correspondent.

(Note: I receive plenty of emails asking for advice about the quality of Region B Blu-rays, most of which I don't see. I have access to industry people qualified to compare and judge the discs, but they stay off the record, because their employers forbid them to go online with their opinions. They must sometimes simmer in
See full article at Trailers from Hell »

200 Greatest Horror Films (170-161)

Special Mention: Shock Corridor

Written and directed by Samuel Fuller

USA, 1963

Genre: Psychological Thriller

Shock Corridor stars Peter Breck as Johnny Barrett, an ambitious reporter who wants to expose a killer hiding out at the local insane asylum. In order to solve the case, he must pretend to be insane so they have him committed. Once in the asylum, Barrett sets to work, interrogating the other patients and keeping a close eye on the staff. But it’s difficult to remain a sane man living in an insane place, and the closer Barrett gets to the truth, the closer he gets to insanity.

Shock Corridor is best described as an anti-establishment drama that at times is surprisingly quite funny despite the dark material. The film deals with some timely issues of the era, specifically the atom bomb, anti-communism, and racism. It features everything from a raving female love-crazed nympho ward,
See full article at SoundOnSight »

The London Film Convention Celebrates 80 Years of Hammer in the Shadow of Big Ben

  • CinemaRetro
Iconic Hammer actresses Martine Beswick, Veronica Carlson and Caroline Munro. (All photos copyright Adrian Smith. All rights reserved.)

Retro-active: The Best From Cinema Retro's Archives

(The following article was originally run in November, 2014)  

By Adrian Smith 

With around sixty special guests in attendance, the Westminster Central Hall on Saturday the 7th of November was packed to its domed roof with excited Hammer film fans.

Familiar faces including Caroline Munro, Valerie Leon, Madeline Smith and Martine Beswick were providing some glamour, but the organisers managed to make the event extra-memorable by securing the presence of Edina Ronay, George Cole, Freddie Jones and others who had not signed autographs at a fan event before. At times queues to meet them ran out of the building and down the street! Other rare UK appearances were made from Veronica Carlson and Linda Hayden, flown in from the Us to meet their fans. It was
See full article at CinemaRetro »

London Film Convention Celebrates 80th Anniversary Of Hammer Studios, 8 November

  • CinemaRetro
Cinema Retro has received the following press release:

London Film Convention

The 80th Anniversary of Hammer!

Saturday November the 8th ( 10am – 6pm )

Venue : Central Hall Westminster.

Storey’s Gate, Westminster, London SW1H 9Nh

Celebrates in a one-off special event one of the worlds longest running film production companies Hammer’s 80th anniversary.

Founded by William Hindes and James Carerras in November 1934!

The company very much dominated the world market from the 1950’s to the 1970’s in comedies but above all their now classic horror films.

Now very much back in production with several successful films over the past years.

With a sequel to their film version of the play “ Woman In Black “ that starred Daniel Radcliff due for release in 2015 “ Woman In Black : Angel Of Death “ .

The show is also a celebration of the British film industry and of the past and present creative film making in
See full article at CinemaRetro »

Book Review: Noah – The Official Movie Novelization

Mark Morris has written tie-in novels for Hellboy, Spartacus, Doctor Who and Torchwood, and novelizations for Vampire Circus and the game Dead Island. Titan Books recently released Noah: The Official Movie Novelization, here is my review.

I haven’t seen the movie yet, which I anticipate will be worth a viewing. I don’t believe that the tale of Noah is anything more than that, a tale.; though I will be reviewing the book much like I read other books and watch other movies – without prejudice. Like most people I am familiar with the story of Noah. It’s just one of those stories I remember finding interesting when I was a child. This retelling is definitely more interesting, and exciting as far as action and fiction goes.

The interesting part in this adaptation, and perhaps it’s the same in the movie is that Noah’s actions are based
See full article at City of Films »

31 Days of Horror: 100 Greatest Horror Films: Top 200

The hardest part about choosing my favourite horror films of all time, is deciding what stays and what goes. I started with a list that featured over 200 titles, and I think it took me more time to pick and choose between them, than it did to actually sit down and write each capsule review. In order to hold on to my sanity, I decided to not include short films, documentaries, television mini-series and animated films. I also had to draw the line at some point in deciding if certain movies should be considered horror or not. In such cases where I was split down the middle in deciding, I let IMDb be the judge for me. And in some cases, I’ve included these titles as special mentions. Long story short, I can’t include every movie I like, and I have to draw the line somewhere. With that said,
See full article at SoundOnSight »

London Film Memorabilia Convention Hammer & Horror Film Day- London, 9 November

  • CinemaRetro
Hammer and Horror Film Day!

Saturday November the 9th ( 10am – 5pm )

Central Hall Westminster.

Storey’s Gate, Westminster, London SW1H 9Nh

UK’s longest running film fair and convention.

Now in it’s 40th year!

The Convention presents dealers from all over the UK, Europe, Us ,

Canada and South America.

Specialising in rare original film memorabilia and collectables.

Taking place six times a year these are truly unique events for anyone with an interest in films!

With actors and director’s signings, illustrated talks, retrospectives and film screenings taking place through out the day.

Items covering the history of cinema can be found. From the silents to the present.

From rare items of the 1920’s to new releases and the latest heart throb.

Among the many different field of cinema covered at the show is – Classic Hollywood, horror films, sci-fi, the best of British and European cinema as we as cult tv!
See full article at CinemaRetro »

Review: Hands of the Ripper (Blu-ray)

  • DailyDead
One of Hammer’s last films and I think one of their best, Hands of the Ripper is a fun play on the Jack the Ripper mythology, with a great central performance from Angharad Rees. Although she’s the daughter of a killer and she is no angel, you still feel for her. Synapse has released this gem on Blu-ray and DVD with a fine looking image and a slate of bonus content that should make most fans happy.

Little Anna (played as an adult by Angharad Rees), witnesses her father murdering her mother as a child. Needless to say, she is traumatized. To make things worse, she is adopted by a terribly manipulative Mrs.Golding (Dora Bryan), a fraudulent psychic who ropes Anna into working for her. One night, something goes horribly wrong at a séance Anna is assisting with. Her life takes a turn seemingly for the better
See full article at DailyDead »

Roll Up! Roll Up! For The Vampire Circus! Fantastiq Film Festival, UK August 9-11

  • CinemaRetro
The team behind the now defunct Fantastic Films Weekend (Ffw) has reformed and regrouped as Fantastiq and will present the first edition from August 9-11 at Derby Quad in the UK.

Cinema Retro will be present in the form of Hammer’s quirky horror tale Vampire Circus, which we are sponsoring. The film’s director Robert Young will be present to talk about the 1973 film, one of the run of off-kilter shockers that Hammer produced in the Seventies.

Director Robert Young

The director of Fantastiq is Tony Earnshaw, formerly Head of Film Programming at the National Media Museum in Bradford where he launched the Ffw in 2002. He said: “I’m genuinely delighted to be able to resurrect my pet project, albeit under a new name. And I’m thrilled to welcome Cinema Retro on board as a key supporter along with We Belong Dead magazine and publisher Spectral Press, which
See full article at CinemaRetro »

Hammer Chillers Online Audio Dramas Set to Begin June 7; CD Digipak Releasing July 26

Hammer Chillers is a new horror anthology series that will premiere June 7th. Available first as six 30-minute weekly downloadable episodes from the Hammer website, the collected series will also be released on CD July 26th with special bonus material.

Writers for the first series include some of the biggest names working in horror today: Stephen Volk (Ghostwatch, The Awakening), Mark Morris (Toady, Vampire Circus), Stephen Gallagher (Chimera, The Eleventh Hour), Christopher Fowler (The Bryant and May Mysteries), Paul Magrs (The Brenda and Effie Mysteries, Doctor Who) and comedian Robin Ince (Radio 4’s The Infinite Monkey Cage).

“Hammer films have been a massive influence on my writing from the days when I sneaked into the White Palace cinema in my home town of Pontypridd to see the likes of The Devil Rides Out and The Vampire Lovers,” says Stephen Volk. “Now to be writing an audio drama under the Hammer
See full article at Dread Central »

Day Of The Dead’s Lori Cardille, Hammer Films Legend David Prowse and others join Falls ...

  • Fangoria
Day Of The Dead’s Lori Cardille, Hammer Films Legend David Prowse and others join Falls ...
We’re excited to feature none other than Lori Cardille, the inimitable Sarah from George A. Romero’s 1985 horror masterpiece Day Of The Dead. Cardille’s strong, single minded and yet still vulnerable lead in Romero’s beloved third “Dead” film is inarguably one of the most important female characters in horror and the woman who played her is a delight. Lori is looking forward to hanging out in the romantic and garish Niagara Falls setting and meeting some of her devoted fanbase.

Also joining the roster is David Prowse, the man known best as Darth Vader who is beloved by horror fans for his double-shot turns as the Frankenstein Monster in Hammer’s Evil Of Frankenstein and Frankenstein And The Monster From Hell as well as Vampire Circus.

Also on the still-expanding bill is author Kier-La Janisse (House Of Psychotic Women), Fango editor Chris Alexander and the cast of
See full article at Fangoria »

Day Of The Dead’s Lori Cardille, Hammer Films Legend David Prowse and others join Falls ...

  • Fangoria
Day Of The Dead’s Lori Cardille, Hammer Films Legend David Prowse and others join Falls ...
We’re excited to feature none other than Lori Cardille, the inimitable Sarah from George A. Romero’s 1985 horror masterpiece Day Of The Dead. Cardille’s strong, single minded and yet still vulnerable lead in Romero’s beloved third “Dead” film is inarguably one of the most important female characters in horror and the woman who played her is a delight. Lori is looking forward to hanging out in the romantic and garish Niagara Falls setting and meeting some of her devoted fanbase.

Also joining the roster is David Prowse, the man known best as Darth Vader who is beloved by horror fans for his double-shot turns as the Frankenstein Monster in Hammer’s Evil Of Frankenstein and Frankenstein And The Monster From Hell as well as Vampire Circus.

Also on the still-expanding bill is author Kier-La Janisse (House Of Psychotic Women), Fango editor Chris Alexander and the cast of
See full article at Fangoria »

Day Of The Dead’s Lori Cardille, Hammer Films Legend David Prowse and others join Falls ...

  • Fangoria
Day Of The Dead’s Lori Cardille, Hammer Films Legend David Prowse and others join Falls ...
We’re excited to feature none other than Lori Cardille, the inimitable Sarah from George A. Romero’s 1985 horror masterpiece Day Of The Dead. Cardille’s strong, single minded and yet still vulnerable lead in Romero’s beloved third “Dead” film is inarguably one of the most important female characters in horror and the woman who played her is a delight. Lori is looking forward to hanging out in the romantic and garish Niagara Falls setting and meeting some of her devoted fanbase.

Also joining the roster is David Prowse, the man known best as Darth Vader who is beloved by horror fans for his double-shot turns as the Frankenstein Monster in Hammer’s Evil Of Frankenstein and Frankenstein And The Monster From Hell as well as Vampire Circus.

Also on the still-expanding bill is author Kier-La Janisse (House Of Psychotic Women), Fango editor Chris Alexander and the cast of
See full article at Fangoria »

Martyn Waites interview: The Woman In Black: Angel Of Death

Interview Jamie-Lee Nardone Feb 19, 2013

As Hammer prepares its sequel to The Woman In Black, Martyn Waites is writing the novel. Jamie-Lee spoke to him about Angel Of Death...

There are various reasons why I’m afraid of things that go bump in the night, the dark and small children, but only one reason why I will also never live by a causeway and repeatedly freak out whenever I see a woman in full Victorian costume.

An undiagnosed geek from a young age, I quickly became a fan of horror, aided by the fact that my father let me watch The Exorcist and Dawn Of The Dead before I reached primary school. Social services were not involved.

At secondary school, I came across The Woman In Black by Susan Hill. Falling in love with its gothic nature, I was taken to the theatre to see the stage adaptation. It was spectacular
See full article at Den of Geek »

R.I.P. Actor Robin Sachs

  • FEARnet
R.I.P. Actor Robin Sachs
Robin Sachs, a British actor who is probably best known for his role as Ethan Rayne in Buffy the Vampire Slayer, has died. He was 61.

In Buffy, Sachs played the small but pivotal role of Giles's former friend-turned-nemesis Ethan Rayne. But Buffy wasn't his only genre role. He got his start in 1972 with a small role in Hammer's Vampire Circus. He also appeared in Lost World: Jurassic Park, Galaxy QuestMegalodon, and was a voice in the 2012 animated Resident Evil: Domination game. 

Sachs died suddenly on February 1st, four days before his 62nd birthday. A cause of death has not been announced.

Source: Deadline
See full article at FEARnet »

R.I.P. Robin Sachs

Robin Sachs, best known for his role in the long-running TV series Buffy The Vampire Slayer, has died at age 61. He passed away on February 1st, four days before his 62nd birthday, according to his website which announced his death on Tuesday. “This is a post we never thought we would have to write,” the post reads. “It is with great sadness that we have to announce the sudden and unexpected passing of Robin Sachs.” Born in London, Sachs’ first role was with the British Hammer film studio in the movie Vampire Circus. His other feature work includes The Lost World: Jurassic Park, Oceans Eleven, North Fork and Ravager. Sachs appeared in numerous TV series over the years, but his most memorable role was as Ethan Rayne, arch rival to Giles, Buffy’s mentor in Buffy The Vampire Slayer starring Sarah Michelle Gellar. His other TV work includes the role
See full article at Deadline TV »

R.I.P. Robin Sachs of Buffy The Vampire Slayer

Robin Sachs, a British actor best known for playing the slippery, mercenary mage Ethan Rayne on Buffy The Vampire Slayer, has died, according to the BBC. Sachs’ death is described as “sudden and unexpected” on his official website, though no cause is given. He was 61. Though two of his earliest roles were in the miniseries Brideshead Revisited and Dynasty: The Reunion (where he replaced Gordon Thomson as Adam Carrington), Sachs was far more suited to science-fiction and horror stories than lavish costume dramas, beginning with his screen debut in the Hammer-produced Vampire Circus. Over the years he had numerous ...
See full article at The AV Club »

Rest in Peace: Actor Robin Sachs

A bit of sad news has come in regarding the passing of an actor who's very familiar to fans of "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" along with gamers. On his 62nd birthday, word has come that Robin Sachs has died unexpectedly.

According to Sachs' official fansite:

It is with great sadness that we have to announce the sudden and unexpected passing of Robin Sachs. Please join us in raising a glass to Robin – goodbye, dear friend. Thank you for all the laughter and the cookies. We will miss you so very much.

Sachs is best known for portraying Giles' old friend Ethan Rayne in "Buffy." He also appeared in such films as Vampire Circus, The Lost World: Jurassic Park, Megalodon, and the animated Resident Evil: Damnation and voiced roles in numerous video games such as Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Chaos Bleeds, Mass Effect 2/3, and Resident Evil: Outbreak - File
See full article at Dread Central »
An error has occured. Please try again.

See also

Showtimes | External Sites


Recently Viewed