Teenager Darren Shan is an excellent student and the pride and joy of his perfect middle-class family, but his best friend is the reckless Steve. When they receive a flyer with an advertisement for a freak show, they sneak to the theater to see the attractions. The star attraction is a vampire called Larten Crepsley, who performs with a colorful yet very lethal spider. After the show, Darren tarries to see the spider and overhears Steve unsuccessfully trying to convince Larten to transform him into a vampire. Darren steals Larten's spider, which later bites Steve. In seeking an antidote from Larten, Darren accepts a deal to become his half-vampire assistant.
Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil/edited by statmanjeff
Meet Darren. He's sixteen going on immortal.
Motion Picture Rating
Rated PG-13 for sequences of intense supernatural violence and action, disturbing images, thematic elements and some language
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23 October 2009 (USA)
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Also Known As:
Cirque du Freak
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Opening Weekend USA: $6,293,205,
25 October 2009, Wide Release
Gross USA: $13,838,130, 20 November 2009
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Aspect Ratio: 2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?
The Netflix showing completely edits out the jigsaw puzzle Siamese twins. See more
When Mr. Tiny tosses the Cirque du Freak flyer out of his car window, the date on it when Darren picks it up says April 13th, yet when he looks at it in class right after, the date is September 13th. When the flyer shows up at Darren's house with Mr. Tiny's message in red ink, the date is back to April 13th. See more
Wanna become a vampire? It's a lonely life but there's lots of it.
Red Right Hand
Written by Mick Harvey
, Nick Cave
, Thomas Wydler
Performed by Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
Courtesy of Mute Records Ltd.
Under license from EMI Film & Television Music See more