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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
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…
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…
I really liked this universe and I it really too bad that we won't get to see a sequel.
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.
Well this was a pleasant surprise. From the muted reviews and disappointing box office I was expecting yet another poor fantasy film aimed at children. What I got was a film more in keeping with the child fantasy fare of the '80s (think: Something Wicked This Way Comes and Monster Squad). It was darker than most modern films with well judged humour and hints to a far greater story (something that will probably now never be realised on screen due to its weak financial performance). I have never read the books, and fans of the novel may well hate the films, but for those wanting to experience a modern take on the films we grew up with then this is…
3/10: started well, but got worst as the movie went on
I thought this film was the best thing ever.....until I read the books. The books are nothing like the film and there is hardly a link between the two except the characters are the same. Would have been up there with The Hunger Games if they had stuck to the books and made them all into a movie instead of this botch job. Good acting and characters but the story let me down completely. Sorry
Lackluster attempt to cash in on Harry Potter and The Twilight Saga. Obviously a big budget production that was planned to be the introduction to a movie series that never happened. So at the end you feel like you just watched the pilot of sitcom that was never picked up. Why nobody raised his during the making of this thing and said "Er, aren't these characters kind of really, really dull and bland?" is a mystery to me.
Good actors playing undeveloped characters from the Cirque Du Freak book which is brilliant with awesome characters but in this the characters are so wasted it's dissapointing the book deserved a much better adaptation.
As a huge fan of the book series this movie is absolutely terrible. As just a movie its a fun watch but as i said i being my favorite series it too hard to look past how much it was butchered.
read the first book in the series recently and by chance stumbled across this today. wasn't actually impressed by the book, so I thought maybe I'd prefer the movie. it wasn't really more captivating than the book but it kinda makes me want to know how the book series went on, dammit. =D
also it was a nice surprise to have little Josh Hutcherson play the bad boy.^^
Nope... no: NOPE.
I can't decide if I like this movie or not. The plot is pretty original, the actors are all good (with, as always, the exception of Salma Hayek, but that's no news), can't complain about the effects (other than say that they should have spent a bit more money on the werewolf and a bit more time on the editing, which threw me off a couple of times), the vampire lore is new and quirky, and yet...
It's probably my own fault for choosing sides five minutes into the movie - I always end up watching my favorite characters die or turn to the dark side. There's nothing enjoyable about kind of liking the good side but rooting for the…
Great Vampire book series I love the movie I have not not read the book's series before but when I saw the trailer I fell in love hearing the song from The Chemical Brothers song Asleep From Day from the trailer of the movie. After I saw the movie I wanted to get the book series. The story is a about teenager, Darren Shan, meets a mysterious man at a freak show who turns out to be a Vampire. I love the movie has action and love in a vampire movie.
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