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Circus of Horrors
     

Circus of Horrors

Director: Sidney Hayers, Anton Diffring, Erika Remberg, Yvonne Monlaur

Cast: Sidney Hayers, Anton Diffring, Erika Remberg, Yvonne Monlaur

 

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One of a small cluster of creepy films to come from England's Amalgamated Studios in the late '60s, this lesser entry details the twisted practices of a deranged German plastic surgeon (Anton Diffring) who hides out in France after mutilating a patient and begins his work anew under an assumed name. Staying mobile by traveling with a circus troupe, Diffring offers his

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One of a small cluster of creepy films to come from England's Amalgamated Studios in the late '60s, this lesser entry details the twisted practices of a deranged German plastic surgeon (Anton Diffring) who hides out in France after mutilating a patient and begins his work anew under an assumed name. Staying mobile by traveling with a circus troupe, Diffring offers his services to disfigured female criminals, who pay him for his services by joining the circus as performers -- and by catering to his perverse whims. Naturally, it's not long before the ladies' gratitude begins to wear thin, and they begin to plan their escape... only to meet horrible ends in carefully-orchestrated catastrophes while performing. Viewers may find themselves haunted by Gary Mills's "Look for a Star" several days afterward like a cloying advertising jingle; the performance of a rug-topped Donald Pleasence (as the show's former owner, who meets with a sticky end) is a nice touch.

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Circus Of Horrors is an exploitation fan's delight because it delivers on the promise of its title. George Baxt's script may be a bit logic-impaired in its plotting but that isn't a problem because it embraces the ridiculousness of its plot and goes all-out in its pursuit of cheap, lurid thrills. Director Sidney Hayers wisely keeps his pacing sharp and emphasizes the color of the film's setting to offset the often-horrific events of the story. More importantly, he makes excellent use of a game cast: Anton Diffring dominates the proceedings with his icy-cool turn as the film's mad doctor anti-hero but there are some scene-stealing performances from Donald Pleasance as the booze-loving original owner of the circus and Erika Remberg as the testiest of surgically-enhanced starlets. In short, no one will ever mistake Circus Of Horrors for high art but it delivers all the pulpy theatrics a b-movie fan could ever want from a horror flick -- and it does so with style.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/28/2010
UPC:
4897007036370
Original Release:
1960
Source:
Ais
Region Code:
0
Sales rank:
19,219

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Anton Diffring Dr. Schuler
Erika Remberg Elissa
Yvonne Monlaur Nicole
Donald Pleasence Vanet
Jane Hylton Angela
Kenneth Griffith Martin
Conrad Phillips Inspector Ames
Vanda Hudson Magda
Yvonne Romain Melina
Colette Wilde Evelyn Morley
William Mervyn Dr. Morley
John Merivale Edward Finsbury
Carla Challoner Nicole as a Child
Peter Swanwick Inspector Knopf
Walter Gotell Von Gruber
Chris Christian Ringmaster
Jack Carson Chief Eagle Eye
Glyn Houston Barker
Kenneth J. Warren 1st Roustabout
Fred Haggerty 2nd Roustabout
Kenny Baker Actor
Jack Gwyllim Supt. Andrews

Technical Credits
Sidney Hayers Director
Morris Angel Costumes/Costume Designer
Mark Anthony Songwriter
George Baxt Screenwriter
Muir Mathieson Score Composer
Reginald Mills Editor
Leslie Parkyn Producer
Franz Reizenstein Score Composer
Douglas Slocombe Cinematographer
Julian Wintle Producer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Circus Of Horrors
1. The Runaway Surgeon [17:55]
2. The Schuler Circus [10:57]
3. Magda Von Meck [14:06]
4. Elissa Caro [17:03]
5. Melina [13:48]
6. Rositter and Schuler As One [13:53]

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