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Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant (2009)

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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 and become a vampire.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Crepsley
... Steve
... Darren
... Rebecca
... Mr. Tiny
... Murlaugh
... Evra the Snake Boy
... Annie
... Mr. Shan
... Mrs. Shan
... Mr. Tall
... Madame Truska
... Alexander Ribs
... Rhamus Twobellies
... 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/edited by statmanjeff

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Meet Darren. He's sixteen going on immortal.


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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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23 October 2009 (USA)  »

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Cirque du Freak  »

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$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,293,205, 25 October 2009, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$13,838,130, 20 November 2009
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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 »

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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 »

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Darren Shan: 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.
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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
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Give it a Chance! Actually rather good!
31 October 2009 | by See all my reviews

Appreciating a wider variety of movies than most people, I rated this movie highly, and do certainly recommend it. The special effects were done very well, and yet were not overly used, as so many movies are these days. Character development was done well also, VERY nice to see in a time when more movie time and money is spent on "fluff" with no substance. The storyline developed rather smoothly and flowed well. Even people I know who normally have difficulty following a storyline, were able to keep track of things. (Again, the storyline in many movies are either confusing by being poorly edited/put together, or on the opposite end.... boringly simple.) I actually liked this movie a lot, as it made me interested in the books/stories, and want to see other "chapters", to see how the story proceeds and concludes. I do hope they follow with the sequel(s).

I do recommend this movie for adults & adolescents. (Probably a bit much for kids real young.)


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