Vampire Circus

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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 ...
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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.
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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
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/14/2010
  • UPC: 654930312292
  • Original Release: 1971
  • Rating:

  • Source: Synapse Films
  • Region Code: 1A
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Bonus DVD
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:27:00
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Sales rank: 15,125

Cast & Crew

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

Disc #1 -- The Hammer Horror Collection: Vampire Circus
   Play
   Chapters
   Bonus
      The Bloodiest Show on Earth: Making Vampire Circus
      Gallery of Grotesqueries: A Brief History of Circus Horrors
      Visiting the House of Hammer: Britain's Legendary Horror Magazine
      Vampire Circus: Motion Comic Book
      Animated Still and Poster Gallery
      Original Theatrical Trailer
   Setup
      English 2.0 Original Mono Sountrack
      Isolated Music and Effects Track
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