Vampire Circus Reviews
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."
Right from the start the story hooks you in with the abduction of a child, enticed to the castle of the count by a woman.
A posse of male villagers, as one would expect of the zeitgeist of the time, set out to rescue the child and in doing so attack the vampire. Victorious at this they punish the woman with a whipping and expulsion from the village.
The standard is set for a superior plot that keeps you riveted to the film to see what happens next. And it does when a travelling circus, secretly containing of vampires, arrives in the village many years later. The village itself now quarantined from a plague.
Plentiful characters brought to life that include future Darth Vader, David Prowse as a strongman, and future Dr Who assistant ( and future wife of Professor Richard Dawkins) Lalla Ward as a young vampire.
A mesmorising dance scene by Serena is worth watching on it's own.
One superb film.
Basically a badly dressed vampire with extremely dodgy haircut puts a curse on a whole town for killing him. Years later a circus comes to town to exact revenge on the inhabitants, a vampire circus!
Vampire Circus is one of Hammers later classics, it really is a bit of a journey with some dodgy acting and unbelievable dialogue, the guy playing the Doctors son could not act his way out of a paper bag. Hammers standards were starting to slip also by this time, for example there is a scene where a family get attacked by a panther in the woods, the panther is just a stuffed head on a stick attacking a camera it really is bonkers.
With mad Dwarfs and Dodgy Vampires this one is probably a Hammer Classic for the wrong reasons, well worth a giggle.
Well worth a look, recommended.