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: $14,046,595
Cumulative Worldwide Gross: $39,753,957
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Aspect Ratio: 2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?
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
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
Just because I'm a vampire doesn't mean I'm bloodthirsty. It's not about what you are. It's about who you are.
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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