All the films mentioned by name in Kim Newman's definitive encyclopedia of horror films, Nightmare Movies. Well worth a read.…
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…
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…
I really liked this universe and I it really too bad that we won't get to see a sequel.
I'm a bit of a Shanster and so was quite dissapoint with this film on its release. There is some fantastic design and some great characters but the story really misses the mark especially when the source material is so rich.
A few years on and I've watched this again with my 10 year old, Ben, who is currently reading book 11 of the saga (book 10/11 is about the mark where the film won't ruin the plot). I must admit that I've re-read the saga a few times since then as well.
It's easier to watch knowing what to expect and I enjoyed it a lot more this time. The bits that stick close to the books are the…
what a weird movie? the stuff you end up watching in motels
Hoop-Tober 2016 parte 8:
Paul Weitz (American Pie, About a Boy) dirige esta película más infantil que adolescente.
Actuaciones nefastas (hasta John C. Reilly está perdido), guion que se pierde después de pasados los primeros 15 minutos, y absolutamente nada remarcable.
The acting isn't fangtastic. It kind of sucks. Vampired of my shitty puns yet? Bite me.
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According to IMDB.Com: The movie Cirque du freak is based on a book series, written by Darren Shan. It consists of 12 books, but the movie only covers 3.
Well, that explains why the film is sort of everywhere.
I actually found the film entertaining but the final act of the film feels sporadic and disconnected.
John C. Reilly, Willem DaFoe, Selma Hayek and Patrick Fugit do fine with what they are given.
Josh Hutcherson and Chris Massoglia are ok but the story structure lets everyone down.
Better than i thought, because the movie is not taking itself seriously. (thank god) It is entertaining for a kids movie, but the end is disappointing, it felt like it was going nowhere. And I've seen better acting in my life. But overall it was ok, a little bad, but ok.
The lizard guy was the highlight for me.
Wtf was I watching before 2013?
If this were released today, there would be sequels already green-lit.
i thought it was sort of entertaining to watch :)
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