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Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant
Meet Darren. He's sixteen going on immortal.
Darren Shan is a regular teenage kid. He and his friend Steve find out about a Freak Show coming to town and work hard at trying to find tickets. They do, and together they go to "Cirque du Freak" where they see many strange acts including a wolf-man and a bearded lady
This is actually entertaining?
What a surprise! I carefully avoided this film when it came out because of the negative reviews. Today it popped up on TV and with nothing better to do I decided to watch it. And that's the type of film it is, an inbetweener. If you're looking for an entertaining diversion, this fits the bill perfectly.
Based on Darren Shan's book series (of which I've only read the first one), this film clearly betrays its youth literature roots. It is aimed at teenagers, has larger than life characters and wraps it in a 'horror light' aesthetic. It is perhaps a bit darker than similar films and that is what surprised me somewhat. The characters are…
Film # 21 of Scavenger Hunt 3!
Task # 14 A Film About/Featuring a Circus
Too be honest I don't think I've given this film a fair shake, I really struggled to get into it and it took me 3 sittings to get through, this might be because I'm choked up with the man flu or it may be because the film just isn't very good but I'd be willing to give it another shot down the road when I'm feeling a bit clearer headed.
Chris Massoglia stars as Darren Shan, a fairly ordinary teenager, he goes to see a travelling freak show one night along with his reckless best friend Steve (Josh Hutcherson), here he meets vampire Crepsley…
Fantasy films can often come unstuck with who exactly they're aimed at. This film adaptation of Darren Shan's Vampire Blood series of books does suffer from that dilemma, but somehow it works. A film that for me felt like it was marketed at the under tens, this is surprisingly enjoyable even for an old man like me and I'd love to see a sequel regardless of the lukewarm response from critics and a disappointing box office return.
Darren Shan and his best friend Steve Leonard end up in hot water when they visit a travelling Freak Show. Darren is obsessed with spiders and Steve with vampires, unfortunately for them the show has both and one thing leads to another as…
I should have been able to tell by the title but as soon as Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant started, I knew it was an adaptation from a young adult novel, it just has that feel to it. It didn't take much talking into for me to watch it, all my husband said was "it has John C. Reilly" and I said "okay." (Needless to say Reilly was the best part of the movie.)
The movie was surprisingly watchable with one major issue, I couldn't stand the main character and I don't think it was the way he was written either, I think it's the actor Chris Massoglia. There is something incredibly artificial and smug about him that I…
Vampires Assistant is about teen Chris Massoglia (The Hole) when bitten by vampire John C. Reilly , he joins the Cirque du Freak with its sideshow of freaks (including Salma Hayek's bearded lady), then war breaks with their evil rivals.
A entertaining movie with some pretty fab make-up for the many different freaks, just dont expect anything groundbreaking.
I really liked this universe and I it really too bad that we won't get to see a sequel.
From watching John C. Reilly over the years, in everything from 'Hoffa' and 'Dolores Claiborne' when he was developing his craft, to 'Step Brothers' and 'Carnage', in which he was one of the leading actors that the film was centered on, I really wanted this film to work for me, though I feel in this recent glut of cinema spawned from Hollywood's post-'Twilight' obsession with vampires, that someone really needs to give this trend a coffin rest, at least for a while so creative fires can have a chance to rekindle--it seems to have been done to death. I'm sure this wasn't what Bram Stoker had in mind with his original 'Dracula'. There's nothing in these recent CGI-bloated messes meaty…
Why do half the people who should have American accents seem to have British accents, but only some of the time?
This was OK. Probably because the story moved along very quickly. John C. Reilly is not an obvious choice as a vampire lord.
Surprisingly fun film, Cirque du Freak: The Vampire’s Assistant is a far better film than what it initially looks like. The film has plenty of good elements going for it, and has a good cast of actors and a fun, well written story. The film is not without its faults, but it plays out like a mindless fantasy comedy horror picture that manages to be a far better film than what you might think. The cast do a good job and the film has plenty of thrilling moments that make it entertaining. I was very much impressed with the film, and was surprised at how good it actually was. I was skeptical about the film, of course, but came out…
Like most people who have seen this I only watched it because it was on TV. The cast was intriguing but beside John C Riley the rest of the big names where meerly cameos. Tricked again by a teen vampire movie!
Jeez what a mess. I'll give it points for a creative world and for John C. Reilly's performance, and then I'll take those points away because the lead actor gives one of the shittiest, most wooden performances I've seen in quite some time. But I suppose there are worse teenage fantasy movies out there.
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant has an Interesting concept and for the most part its executed well, Bit of a shame there won't be a sequel. John C Reilly's performance is enjoyable, while Chris Massoglia is a good main protagonist. I wish we got too know the side characters a bit better especially those in the carnival but i guess they would have done that if the sequel had been green lit for production. As it stands though Cirque du Freak is entertaining with some good action pieces. I did like the fact they had too pretend to kill off Chris Massoglia's Darren so he can properly disappear, One character though I thought was a bit weak though was…
A teenager meets a mysterious man at a freak show and after a series of events he must leave his normal life and go on the road with the Cirque Du Freak and become a vampire.
Harmless and light, but fairly entertaining horror movie obviously meant for a young teenage audience; it does have a star cast and some effectively hideous freaks.
All the films mentioned by name in Kim Newman's definitive encyclopedia of horror films, Nightmare Movies. Well worth a read.…
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