Teenager Darren Shan meets a mysterious man at a freak show who turns out to be a vampire. After a series of events, Darren must leave his normal life and go on the road with the Cirque du Freak, becoming a creature of the night.

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Paul Weitz

Writers:

Paul Weitz (screenplay), Brian Helgeland (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
John C. Reilly ... Crepsley
Josh Hutcherson ... Steve
Chris Massoglia ... Darren
Jessica Carlson ... Rebecca
Michael Cerveris ... Mr. Tiny
Ray Stevenson ... Murlaugh
Patrick Fugit ... Evra the Snake Boy
Morgan Saylor ... Annie
Don McManus ... Mr. Shan
Colleen Camp ... Mrs. Shan
Ken Watanabe ... Mr. Tall
Salma Hayek ... Madame Truska
Orlando Jones ... Alexander Ribs
Frankie Faison ... Rhamus Twobellies
Willem Dafoe ... Gavner Purl
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Storyline

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. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Meet Darren. He's sixteen going on immortal.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sequences of intense supernatural violence and action, disturbing images, thematic elements and some language | See all certifications »

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Trivia

The license plates of the purple car that drops the Cirque du Freak flyer use the European Union pattern for Germany: D for Deutschland (Germany in German) and a circle of twelve stars (European Union symbol). See more »

Goofs

When Darren is about to drink Rebecca's blood, she pulls her shirt down and there is a strap still left on her shoulder. When the shot switches to her back, the strap is gone, and upon snapping back to her front, it is there again. See more »

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[first lines]
Darren Shan: [narrating] You know, sometimes it seems like life is all planned out. There's no choice in the matter. We're all gonna end up in the same place, whether we like it or not. But sometimes things aren't so simple. You can end up hurting the people you love the most; betraying the people you want to come through for.
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Chelsea Dagger
Written by Jon Fratelli (as John Lawler)
Performed by The Fratellis
Courtesy of Universal - Island Records Ltd.
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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See this one BEFORE it comes out on DVD!
2 November 2009 | by toyloversSee all my reviews

Unable to understand the low ratings that critics are giving this film. From the dazzling and witty opening credits through the delightful cast and story line, this film delivers great visuals, charm and one of John C. Reilly's best performances to date! A little disappointed that we didn't see enough of Willem Dafoe, But Salma Hayek was charming! Young adults will enjoy the freak show characters and vampire storyline; older viewers will get a kick out of the humor and identifying actors from other films. I haven't read the books, but I sure would love to see what happens on the next day as the film comes to a close. FOLLOW YOUR HEART, FORGET THE NAY-SAYERS AND SEE THIS FILM WHILE YOU CAN!


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish | French

Release Date:

23 October 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cirque du Freak See more »

Filming Locations:

Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,293,205, 25 October 2009

Gross USA:

$13,869,515

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$39,291,383
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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