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Vampire Circus
     

Vampire Circus

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Director: Robert Young, John Bown, Christina Paul, Arnold Locke

Cast: Robert Young, John Bown, Christina Paul, Arnold Locke

 
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

Overview

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 capable of transforming themselves into animals to stalk their prey. The group's leader, the most powerful monster of the bunch, has returned to the village to exact revenge on those who murdered his cousin one hundred years earlier. Less a standard Hammer monster melodrama than a surreal journey through dark fantasy (reminiscent of Jean Rollin's erotic vampire series), with an unexpected (but not entirely inappropriate) surplus of nudity and bloodletting. The film's creepy highlights include the chilling extended prologue and scenes of vampire trapeze performers transforming into bats in mid-leap.

Product Details

Release Date:
12/14/2010
UPC:
0654930312292
Original Release:
1971
Rating:
NR
Source:
Synapse Films
Region Code:
1A
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
1:27:00
Sales rank:
27,903

Special Features

The bloodiest show on earth: making Vampire Circus documentary; Gallery of grotesqueries: A Brief history of Circus Horrors featurette; Visiting the house of hammer: Britain's legendary horror magazine featurette ; Vampire Circus: Motion comic book; Still and poster gallery; Theatrical trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
John Bown Schilt
Christina Paul Rosa
Arnold Locke Old Villager
Adrienne Corri Gypsy Woman
Thorley Walters Burgermeister
Anthony Corlan Emil
John Moulder-Brown Anton Kersh
Laurence Payne Prof. Mueller
Richard Owens Dr. Kersh
Lynne Frederick Dora Mueller
Elizabeth Seal Gerta Hauser
Robin Hunter Hauser
Domini Blythe Anna Mueller
Robert Tayman Count Mitterhouse
Mary Wimbush Elvira
Robin Sachs Heinrich
Lalla Ward Helga
Skip Martin Michael
David Prowse Strongman
Barnaby Shaw Gustav Hauser
Serena Female Dancer
Jane Darby Jenny
Sibylla Kay Mrs. Schilt
Dorothy Frere Grandma Schilt
Sean Hewitt First Soldier
Jason James Foreman

Technical Credits
Robert Young Director
George Baxt Original Story
Les Bowie Special Effects
Moray Grant Cinematographer
Jud Kinberg Screenwriter
Scott MacGregor Art Director
Philip Martell Musical Direction/Supervision
Peter Musgrave Editor
Wilbur Stark Producer
David Whitaker Score Composer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Hammer Horror Collection: Vampire Circus
1. Doomed Child [12:58]
2. Opening Titles [9:25]
3. The Circus [11:03]
4. They Must Die [11:34]
5. Dora's Discovery [5:35]
6. Mirror of Life [6:10]
7. Striking Back [7:59]
8. Two Plagues [3:27]
9. Trapped! [8:57]
10. Destruction [4:28]
11. Resurrection [4:39]
12. End Titles [:57]

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