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
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
I'm Darren Shan, and this is my story. Oh, and, uh, trust me, spending this much time in a coffin was never part of my plan. Guess I'm just lucky.
Something Is Not Right with Me
Written by Nathan Willett
, Jonnie Russell
(as Jonathan Russell), Matt Aveiro
, Matt Maust
Performed by Cold War Kids
Courtesy of Downtown Records See more