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Human fangs ripping throats - no sawdust can soak up the torrent of blood!
After a spate of murders, the villagers of Schtettel kill the depraved perpetrator, Count Mitterhouse. Fifteen years later the Circus of Nights appeared in the plague-ridden village and its performers include Mitterhouse's mistress, children and cousins. They have come to Schtettel to fulfil the Count's last words, an evil, vicious curse of death and destruction on those who participated in his impaling. The children of Schtettel become the targets for a brutal and devastating revenge as the Vampire Circus rehearses for its most deadly performance.
Vale que algunos actores, los que hacen de vampiro especialmente, son un truño, vale que los efectos de los murciélagos son bochornosos, vale que los vampiros son bastante sui generis, vale que hay alguna tontada que no hay por dónde cogerla...
Pero el guión es de los más crueles, más enfermizos de la Hammer y eso le da muchos puntos al conjunto.
Made in the dwindling days of Hammer's horror output - there were only another five horror films to come after this - the general consensus has always been that their best years were very much behind them. This is unfair to some of their later films, as the studio was experimenting and revamping their output and this led to an increase in quality in some cases, even if the audiences were not necessarily sitting in cinema seats to bare witness. This can be seen in the studio's choices for writers and directors, and rather than relying on trusted and safe hands the appointed creative force behind Vampire Circus were all new to Hammer horror. To say…
Definitely not for those who like their vampire films subtle, "Vampire Circus" is a colorful and gory production whose title adequately sums up the plot. It's good, gothic vampire fun.
The accurately titled Vampire Circus feels strangely classic and modern at the same time, due largely to its Gothic atmosphere infused with a slightly more inventive twist. It begins with what could very well serve as the ending of a film, with the townspeople hunting down and killing a vampire that has been preying on them, and then shoots forward into the future when they are being affected by a plague. Vampire Circus is definitely an original film: it is bold, colorful, extravagant (especially, but not exclusively, in its circus scenes).
When I watched The Brides of Dracula, I said something about how Hammer movies are really similar to each other. Vampire Circus came out in a…
Heavily supernatural and weird, this film delivers on the promise of its title. And that's all I think I need to say about that.
October count: 15/31
Hammer horror count: 15/31
Everything you want in a 70's Hammer film: blood & gore, boobs & babes, plagues & midget clowns. (plus Lalla Ward: Vampire!) It looks really good, too.
Even though the film takes great pains to show us how evil the vamps are by having them kill a beautiful blonde little girl in the first moments and then immediately have sex afterwards to celebrate, I still found myself rooting for the monsters this time. The townspeople weren't bad people and even without vampires were suffering terribly from the plague. But I still didn't like them.
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In the early '70s, in an effort to support flagging ticket sales, Hammer started upping the sex and nudity in their films, and Vampire Circus is a prime example of this. The front end of this film is loaded with skin, to a degree with surprised me (and I cut my Hammer teeth in high school on The Vampire Lovers and Countess Dracula). The film's focus on sex does not diminish its effectiveness in creating a rather unsettling creepiness (in the case of the painted dancer, it even contributes to it), nor does the fact that, due to budget limitations, a few scenes were left unfilmed. The film's pacing is swift, it features some inspired performances - including maybe the most terrifying clown until Pennywise - and some admittedly low-budget yet effect gore effects. The end result is a bizarre, atmospheric, effectively creepy little film.
Though Vampire Circus is rather lacking in an exciting story and stable dialogue and acting, there is loads of good Hammer horror imagery to satisfy your senses. Gore and nudity are key ingredients, pretty much in lieu of quality scripting. But it's still a fun outing, set in a 19th century Serbian village (during a plague outbreak), where a travelling circus brings a killer show to own.
It takes a while for the key players to reveal themselves. A lot of time is spent on a prelude, then the circus show itself, more than a couple of times.... but there's something cool about this fantasy entertainment in a period piece story. The show includes acrobats, a strongman (one David Prowse - later of Darth Vader fame), magic, midgets, and animal acts.
We have vampires and bloody deaths and sexy Hammer girls to fill up the running time... hey, that'll do for a half-decent flick. Fairly fun, I'd say.
I've had the dimmest memories of watching this on Creature Feature for as long as I can remember. It was terrifying, it was cool, it had the most shape shifting vampires ever. Finally seeing it again after more than 30 years (that length of time is easily more scary than the film), let me just ask: how was this ever shown edited for television? What would have been left? There's more blood and guts here than in most earlier Hammer films, but maybe that made it on to TV. What about all the nudity? I wonder how much could be left.
The best part of this one is how imaginative it is. The story starts where most vampire movies end:…
Yep, more Hammer. This time though, its up my alley. Vampires and leopard women and all sorts of silly nonsense, but totally entertaining weirdness.
After two abortive attempts at watching this in the 90s and the 2000s, I finally made it through the whole thing.
Good Hammer atmosphere. Moments of genuine visual invention jostle with stodge. And Richard Dawkins's wife is in it.
"Circus of Nights! A hundred delights!"
Hammer Films were kind of on their last legs when this was released, but in between those final cash-grabs of their Dracula and Frankenstein franchises, they did release one or two interesting little efforts - this, DEMONS OF THE MIND and TO THE DEVIL...A DAUGHTER spring immediately to mind - and such willingness to diversify somewhat from their more 'staple' fare is laudable (whether it was born of desperation or not), but unfortunately too little too late.
This film begins with the rather disturbing abduction and vampiric 'claiming' of a small child; when angry villagers put to death Count Mitterhaus - whose unwelcome presence casts a pitch-black shadow over their lives - said Count…
Not bad at all. When I saw the PG rating I wasn't expecting much but it delivered. I think censors allowed more back then because it showed a lot, nudity and gore wise. I like the supernatural horror aspects thrown in. The vampires of old were much more fantastical than the modern ones. Never heard of it but it showed up at 4 in the morning. I like!
An Odd But Oh-So-Good Vampire Film
Yet another film I have not seen in years. I recently had a chance to watch it again and I have to say this is a pretty good older vampire film that has some uniqueness to it because they use a traveling circus as a disguise. The movie is better than I remembered it to be. The film is worth watching if you love vampires, creepy circus/carnivals and horror movies in general.
I love creepy carnival/circus movies and this group of vampires can put on a show. I love the tiger lady - she is cool! Two vampires turn into bat and one turns into a panther right before the eyes of viewer -…
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VAMPIRE KILLER ::: i should be working but i'm rly having trouble concentrating lately & so instead i am fantasizing about programming a dracula movie marathon while pretending it's actually possible for me to stay awake this long
i really really loved castlevania when i was a bb
see also James' Sunday Frankenstein Marathon!!!!"
*this kind of became…