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Vampire Circus (1972)

Vampire Circus (1972)

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An interesting premise as a nineteenth century circus of vampires returns to exact revenge from a small town whose inhabitants killed an ancestor. Possessing the ability to transform themselves into animals, their revenge takes the form of death and mutilation.

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Cast

Laurence Payne
as Prof. Albert Mueller
John Bown
as Schilt
Adrienne Corri
as Gypsy Woman
Thorley Walters
as Burgermeister
Lynne Frederick
as Dora Mueller
Elizabeth Seal
as Gerta Hauser
John Moulder-Brown
as Anton Kersh
Richard Owens
as Dr. Kersh
Domini Blythe
as Anna Mueller
Robert Tayman
as Count Mitterhouse
Robin Sachs
as Heinrich
Roderick Shaw
as Jon Hauser
Barnaby Shaw
as Gustav Hauser
David Prowse
as Strongman
Skip Martin
as Michael
Serena
as Female Dancer
John Brown
as Schilt
Sibylla Kay
as Mrs. Schilt
Dorothy Frere
as Grandma Schilt
Jason James
as Foreman
Sean Hewitt (II)
as First Soldier
Arnold Locke
as Old Villager
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Critic Reviews for Vampire Circus

All Critics (5)

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.

Full Review… | February 4, 2011
PopMatters

Gory, cliched, silly and inventive.

Full Review… | February 2, 2011
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

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.

Full Review… | January 18, 2011
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

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.

May 19, 2008
Bryant Frazer's Deep Focus

Audience Reviews for Vampire Circus

½

Your children will die to give me back life. The countryside has been overrun by a plague. A small town has been quarantined but eventually a circus breaks through and hopes to entertain the village; however, the circus is not what it appears to be. The children in town start disappearing and it quickly becomes apparent an old curse is plaguing the town and the circus is at the center of the problems. "Why did you come?" "To steal the money from dead men's eyes." Robert Young, director of Jane Eyre, Fierce Creatures, Splitting Heirs, The Worst Witch, Curse of the Phoenix, Captain Jack, Keep It Upstairs, and And So Ends, delivers Vampire Circus. The storyline for this picture is classic old school horror with some grindhouse elements. The acting is mediocre and as you'd expect for the genre. "You child is missing. Your child is missing. Your child is missing..." This was recommended to me by Fios so I DVR'd it off cable (off the MGM channel I believe). This was a fairly cliché vampire movie for the genre that was worth a viewing only because the circus element was fun. Overall, I would only watch this if I was a diehard fan of the genre. "The circus is for the young." Grade: C

Kevin Robbins
Kevin Robbins
½

"Vampire Circus" is, in my opinion one of Hammer's best vampire efforts outside of "Horror of Dracula," and "Dracula, Prince of Darkness." This movie has wonderful atmosphere, rather good special effects for it's day, effective performances, and a good plotline not to mention that classic, lush Hammer cinematography. This is a superior vampire story and it is handled well. ***Spoilers ahead*** The story opens when a man observes his young bride leading a child off toward the castle of Count Rittenhouse, a tyrannical ruler who is feared by all of his subjects. Alarmed, he summons the men of the village and finally persuades them to attack Rittenhouse and free the child. Apparently, this has happened more than once in the village as the men finally overcome their fears and agree to storm the castle. Once inside though, the men find that they have stumbled onto more than they bargained for. Count Rittenhouse is more than just a madman. He is a mad vampire. A battle ensues in which the men of the village finally get the best of Rittenhouse by staking him in the back. As the vampire lies dying, he pronounces a curse upon the village to the effect that the men who slew him will die, as well as their children, "to give me back my life." Fifteen years later, the Circus of Nights comes to town featuring a bizzare cast of characters and rather scandalous entertainment. By now the town has fallen under a plague connected with the curse of Count Rittenhouse and is quarantined by its fearful neighbors. The circus has supposedly come to bring life back to the village, although, as time goes on, we see that they have really come to bring death to the village, and life to a certain vampire lying in the ruins of his castle crypt. If you enjoy Hammer films or just vampire films in general, "Vampire Circus" is a must-see. For those of you who have seen it, it is well worth seeing again, although be warned, if you have never seen the uncut version, you might just be surprised. This movie was made when Hammer was going through its own sexual revolution and there are three scenes in which nudity is a factor although, in my opinion, "Vampire Circus" is not quite the "flesh-fest" production that "The Vampire Lovers" or "Countess Dracula" were. If you haven't seen this film, it's well worth the time. If you have seen it and don't remember it or you're afraid that it might not be as good as you remember, you've got a real treat coming.

David Ladd
David Ladd

Super Reviewer

Awesome Hammer is awesome.

Steve K
Steve K

Super Reviewer

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