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Terror Circus (1974)

Nightmare Circus (original title)
R | | Horror | August 1974 (USA)
3 showgirls on their way to Las Vegas have stuck all night when their car breaks down. The next morning ,a man offers them help, but, he's really a maniac. His mother abandoned him when he ... See full summary »

Director:

Alan Rudolph

Writers:

Jerald Cormier (story) (as Gerald Cormier), Roman Valenti (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Andrew Prine ... Andre
Manuela Thiess ... Simone (as Manuella Thiess)
Sherry Alberoni ... Sheri
Gyl Roland Gyl Roland ... Corrine
Sheila Bromley ... Mrs. Baynes (as Shiela Bromley)
Gil Lamb ... Mr. Alvarez
Al Cormier Al Cormier ... Sheriff Stanford
Chuck Niles ... Derek Moore
Jennifer Ashley Jennifer Ashley ... Flower Child
Laura Campbell Laura Campbell ... Laura
Sonja Dunson Sonja Dunson ... Sonja
Karen Fredrik Karen Fredrik ... Karene (as Karene Fredrik)
Lin Henson Lin Henson ... Lin
Jolene Lontere Jolene Lontere ... Crazy Girl
Jeane Manson ... Jean (as Jean Manson)
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Storyline

3 showgirls on their way to Las Vegas have stuck all night when their car breaks down. The next morning ,a man offers them help, but, he's really a maniac. His mother abandoned him when he was a child, and now he keeps women he's kidnapped chained in his barn, where he trains them to perform circus tricks. Andre's father is still around of course, but because the old homestead is next to a nuclear test site he's been transformed into a homicidal mutant who Andre keeps locked up in a shed. Written by Jeremy Lunt <durlinlunt@acadia.net>

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Captive young girls... chained... abused... by a Madman!

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Horror

Certificate:

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Some gore had to be cut at the very end in order to secure an R rating. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Chasey Loves Rocco (1996) See more »

Soundtracks

Evil Eyes
by Tommy Vig, Harvey Siders, Chuck Niles
Sung by Pamela Miller
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"He Can't Be THAT Crazy!"...
16 April 2020 | by azathothpwigginsSee all my reviews

After their car breaks down in the desert, Simone (Manuela Thiess) and her two friends encounter a helpful man named Andre (Andrew Prine- SIMON KING OF THE WITCHES, GRIZZLY, THE TOWN THAT DREADED SUNDOWN), who takes them back to his place. Actually, he takes them to his barn, where Simone and company meet the other women. This is when they realize that Andre is utterly insane. He's an ex-circus performer w/ some serious issues! The rest is a tale of degradation and doom, while the tortured trio's manager and the local sheriff attempt to locate them. Meanwhile, a marauding monster roams the desert, killing the unwary. As weird movies go, this is in the upper echelon. Part PSYCHO, part TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE, and all bonkers, it's certainly one of a kind! The frustrating finale is one for the ages!...


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

August 1974 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Barn of the Naked Dead See more »

Filming Locations:

Palmdale, California, USA See more »

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Production Co:

CMC Pictures Corp. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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