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½ November 13, 2015
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
March 29, 2015
One of the best Vampire genre films I have ever seen. A superb story, delivered in style.
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.
November 12, 2014
bring on the dancing horses
½ May 9, 2014
A great Hammer film full of campy and creepy fun that is the Hammer trademark!
November 1, 2013
Delightfully lurid Hammer Horror film about a traveling circus led by a vampire intent upon avenging the murder of his cousin by terrorizing a small Serbian village. This film is one of the few good films put out during Hammer's waining year in the early 70s. One interesting note, David Prowse, who later played Darth Vader in the original Star Wars trilogy, appears in a non-speaking role as the circus strongman.
October 17, 2013
An incredibly weak entry in the usually great Hammer vampire series.
October 17, 2013
A weak entry in the Hammer vampire series.
July 8, 2013
Strong violence and graphic sex (by the standards of that time), among other qualities, distinguish this excellent horror thriller from the later years of Hammer Studios. Out of a simple set-up -- a vampire is put to death by concerned villagers, only to be resurrected 15 years later by a band of black magicians who run a traveling circus -- director Robert Young is able to wring some real tension, not to mention a few genuine shocks. Even children are not safe in the beautiful but dangerous world he creates. The set design and cinematography are outstanding, and this may well be one of the best of all vampire films (and that would be a short list indeed). Would make a great double bill with another classic Hammer vampire tale, Twins of Evil.
½ June 19, 2013
Clever premise in this bloodier-than-usual Hammer production.
February 7, 2013
Directed by Robert Young, (Splitting Heirs (1993) and Fierce Creatures (1997)) and written by Wilbur Stark (The Stud (1974) and The Thing (1982)), this was one of Hammer's better films, and it came during their later years, when the company was slipping into a sad decline, and it's one of their more surreal offerings. But, it's so atmospheric with some simple trickery which managers to be really effective. 15 years after ridding their village of the curse of Count Mitterhaus (Robert Tayman), his evil is revived when a travelling circus, led by a Gypsy Woman (Adrienne Corri), whose cousin was Mitterhaus, rolls into the village, and this is one circus which offers some quite weird and exotic forms of entertainment, but they seem to keep the villagers happy. But, the older members of the village become suspicious, especially when the body count starts to rise, beginning with the town's Burgermeister (Thorley Walters), who saw something grisly in a hall of mirrors, and then Dora Mueller (Lynne Frederick), daughter of Professor Mueller (Laurence Payne) is kidnapped in a ploy to revive Count Mitterhaus. It's a very creepy film, but it has the usual Hammer touches, (nudity, fog, dodgy overacting but good sets), but it is well shot, and it is one of the better looking Hammer films in visual terms, oh, and a young David Prowse appears as the circus strongman...
½ October 11, 2012
One of the better Hammer Horror films is an amusing mix of blood soaked vampire violence and soft core circus porn
½ September 1, 2012
Rarely seen, this is one of Hammer's best films. Vampire Circus is erotic, gory, stylish and suspenseful. Much better than the last few Dracula films or the likes of 'Captain Kronos, Vampire Hunter'. Technical support was provided by Billy Smart's Circus and animal handling by Mary Chipperfield. And of course, David Prowse plays the 'Strongman'.
May 4, 2012
Hammer horror that I had originally tried to watch years ago when they broadcasted it on the late great Drive-In Classics but didn't get that far into it & was kinda dismissive of. I couldn't have been more so wrong but I blame being over tired. Vampire Circus is a mild vampire gem that in all is actuality a lot better then a chunk of Hammer's Dracula movies. It has a fairly stylishly dark & bloody tone to it that made me smile in glee. A novel concept of a roving band of vampires who have returned to resurrect their master while striking fear & suspicion into the villagers who already believe their town is cursed. The climax feels a little rushed & could have used another 10-15 minutes getting out of the catacombs but there is more then enough for you to sink your teeth into especially for vampire not you sad Twilight mother-fuckers
April 17, 2012
a diff kind of Hammer vamp film
April 11, 2012
Love this movie...Have watched it so many times.
½ March 17, 2012
One of my favorite Hammer films. It's fairly violent and original and has some pretty wicked characters. I didn't think the beginning of the movie was quite as shocking and violent as I heard it was, but the rest of the movie was pretty macabre which I liked. Once that sexy snake woman started dancing I was into it.
February 11, 2012
One of Hammers most bizarre films, but very entertaining and unintionally funny.
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.
January 7, 2012
This was a complete blind-buy for me, based entirely on the stills I had seen of a bald, blue striped vampire gal looking hot, and I have to say that I wasn't disappointed. The story of a vampire seeking revenge across time, visited upon those who took his life is an interesting one, and I really enjoy the Gothic trappings and the 'under the bigtop' setting.

Well worth a look, recommended.
December 20, 2011
The original Ramona from the Tom Baker Dr. Who was in it as a vampire twin. It was actually fairly good. A lot of toplessness and a lot of that bright red paint Hammer used to indicate blood. Plus there was a great puppet attack that was supposed to be a black panther. But it looked like a hand puppet. I love that sort of effect. There was a nude lizard woman writhing around on another gypsy dancer. A black lepoard that sprang into a shampoo'd stylized bad boy vampire. All in all, I think I really enjoyed the midget bashing the
November 30, 2011
Ok, so I know I like weird movies and this is one of them. I actually had low expectations for this one. However, it turned out to be a pretty cool little movie. A circus comes to town to avenge the death of the head vampire. I like it that the circus animals turned into vampires. That part was pretty cool. I'm glad I checked it out.
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