Vampire Circus

January 29, 2011 3:52 pm 2 comments

Of all the Hammer films that I have seen (most of them) this is one of my absolute favorites. I think because it has the normal Hammer-esque production qualities and plotlines, but also packs in plenty of over-the-top cheese and ridiculous moments. Which I think makes it more enjoyable on the whole as some of the other Hammer films are a bit too stuffy – which is never the case in Vampire Circus. There’s just now way a movie that features a Panther/vampire/man combo could ever be considered stuffy.

Count Mitterhaus has a thing for the blood of children and the bosoms of the young and pretty. Turns out the villagers weren’t fond of his behavior so they stake him in the heart and burn his castle down. One of his town sluts is chucked into the crumbling castle for good measure, but gets away and spends the next 15 years tracking down the Count’s cousin. The cousin is the Panther vampire and he happens to be running a circus full of weird sh*t. But that’s not all, the Count put a curse on the village and now most of them have the plague which has led to the nearby villages quarantining the town. Amidst the quarantine the mysterious circus shows up.

Now, yes there is a lot going on, but it’s important to note that every couple minutes a pair a boobs will free themselves from the tyranny of the shirt.

The townsfolk aren’t the brightest bunch in the world, demonstrated through their lack of basic knowledge of what to be scared of. When a couple of people performing in a crazy circus (that shouldn’t have been able to get past the road blocks) jump up in the air and turn into bats, the crowd claps and cheers. Yeah, this would be a sign to get the hell out of dodge. But, I probably would have stayed too for the naked tiger painted lady and accompanying dance performance.

Of course no circus would be complete without an evil dwarf. He likes to lure people to their deaths and say things like, “No, sir, don’t you see? For you, sir, everything is free!” Can you say LOVE IT! Damn carnies are creepy even in the 19th century. The other characters in the circus are as off the wall in their own ways as well. It’s quite the group of misfits and supernatural beings.

All in all this is a very different vampire flick and one that is sure to be of interest to any who like the genre. Hell, it might be the weirdest vampire flick ever. I mean c’mon did I mention the Panther Vampire? It’s crazy, brutal and full of Hammery boobness, err, goodness. Grade A stuff.

Rating: 9/10

Snore Factor: Z

IMDB 1972

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    Of course no circus would be complete without an evil dwarf. He likes to lure people to their deaths and say things like, “No, sir, don’t you see? For you, sir, everything is free!” Can you say LOVE IT! Damn carnies are creepy even in the 19th century. The other characters in the circus are as off the wall in their own ways as well. It’s quite the group of misfits and supernatural beings.