Circus of Horrors (Phantom of the Circus) (1960)
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as Dr. Schuler
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as Evelyn Morley
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as Edward Finsbury
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as Inspector Knopf
as Von Gruber
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Critic Reviews for Circus of Horrors (Phantom of the Circus)
Has some brilliant gory Grand Guignol moments during its circus sequences.
Audience Reviews for Circus of Horrors (Phantom of the Circus)
Dull horror flick from schock distributor AIP. The plot points are WAY too convoluted for a movie of this genre. A famous plastic surgeon terribly botches a woman's face, changes his name and runs away with his assistants/henchpersons, by chance comes across a run-down circus, buys it from Donald Pleasance (with hair!), staffs it with criminals who he does surgery on so they'll be beautiful and unrecongnizable to the authorities, but he keeps dossiers on all of them so if they try to leave and expose him, he can expose them back, but that doesn't matter because he falls in love with all the women, and when they try to leave he kills them during their circus performances, and....aww, to hell with it. Not bad enought to be fun. Just bad.
Ah Circus movies. Did you know one won best picture in 1953? That one was about The Greatest Show on Earth. This one is about the Jinx Circus, where fallen women, given a second chance, thanks to plastic surgery and blackmail, are murdered when the become engaged. Its weird that the ape really hates Dr. Schuler. Really strange. A lot of pre-Twiggy English ladies prance about in their panties. Which is nice.But I could not shake the uncanny resemblance btwn Anton Diffring and Wm. S. Buckley.
Not as gruesome as the title suggests but does have a solid story and some great acting from Anton Diffring and the bevy of beautiful women does not hurt the film at all lol. For a horror flick like this it really is a little dull at times but the film is shot well. And the premise, farfetched as it is, does work and could have been made into a better film I believe. Probably a film for horror fanatics only (which I am). Though it was nice to see Donald Pleasence in an earlier role though was not much of a part.
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