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?
What drew John C. Reilly
to play Larten Crepsley was "the fact that it was a real person, that he wasn't some supernatural mystical being that can turn into a vampire bat. The powers weren't so extreme that it was just another thing altogether, that this guy was a person who was alive in the 1800s who was essentially about my age. If you account the slow aging, he is forty something years old" he said. See more
In the first show, just as Mr.Tall is introducing Madame Truska, as he says "...the exotic...", you can see more light passing through the tips of his unnaturally long fingers than the rest of his fingers, revealing that the actor is wearing hollow prosthetic to make the fingers appear longer. See more
[in a trance
You're in danger, terrible danger. Your life and soul are in jeopardy.
[snapping out of it
What did I say?
Nothing. Something about the weather. Chance of thunderstorms tomorrow. Don't worry. I'll stay indoors.
Red Right Hand
Written by Mick Harvey
, Nick Cave
, Thomas Wydler
Performed by Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
Courtesy of Mute Records Ltd.
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