Vampire Circus (1971)
Average Rating: 6.3/10
Reviews Counted: 5
Fresh: 4 | Rotten: 1
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Release Date: Jan 1, 1972 Wide
Average Rating: 3.5/5
User Ratings: 1,451
Though not as widely known as Hammer's popular Dracula and Frankenstein series, this is one of the studio's more stylish and intelligent projects. The tale is set in 17th century Serbia in the tiny burg of Stettel, whose residents live in fear of an encroaching plague. The frightened villagers welcome the arrival of a colorful traveling troupe dubbed "Circus of Nights," unaware that the visiting entertainers pose a far more deadly threat: the entire company is composed of shape-shifting vampires
Jan 1, 1972 Wide
20th Century Fox
Sean Hewitt (II)
[There are heros, but] it's the villains who really shine and shimmer in this sinister little carnival fable.
Erotic, grotesque, chilling, bloody, suspenseful, and loaded with doom and gloom atmosphere, this is the kind of experiment in terror that reinvigorates your love of the scary movie artform.
Hammer's most elusive Gothic horror movie contains frequent nudity, but its arthouse kinkiness -- its hints of pedophilia, bestiality and incest -- offers a more likely explanation for its limited distribution than its exposed skin.
Never recovers the concentrated erotic-violent high ground of [its] delirious overture, which stands as a wildly entertaining example of over-the-top horror filmmaking.
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- Le cirque des vampires (FR)