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Circus Of Horrors (Classic Horror Collection) [DVD]

Anton Diffring , Erika Remberg , Sidney Hayers    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Anton Diffring, Erika Remberg, Yvonne Monlaur, Donald Pleasence, Jane Hylton
  • Directors: Sidney Hayers
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Studiocanal
  • DVD Release Date: 30 April 2007
  • Run Time: 87 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 31,167 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

In this 1960s British horror, a crazed plastic surgeon takes refuge with a circus after disfiguring a patient. He reconstructs the faces of women who become part of the sideshow's `Temple of Beauty' - but things prove very nasty for those who try to leave. Anton Diffring, Erika Remberg and Yvonne Monlaur star.

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United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Mono ), ANAMORPHIC WIDESCREEN (1.78:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: Anamorphic Widescreen, Interactive Menu, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: A deranged plastic surgeon (Anton Diffring) takes over a traveling circus then transforms horribly disfigured young women into ravishing beauties and forces them to perform in his three-ring extravaganza. But when the re-sculpted lovelies try to escape the clutches of the obsessed doctor, they begin to meet with sudden and horrific 'accidents.' Now the trapeze is swinging, the knives are flying, the wild animals are loose - and 'The Grisliest Show On Earth' is about to begin! ...Circus of Horrors ( Phantom of the Circus )

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific 17 May 2008
This is a great early sixties schlocker starring the always reliable Anton Diffring as a morally corrupt plastic surgeon obsessed with 'perfecting his technique', regardless of who and what gets in his way. Once accepted, the circus setting doesn't seem quite as far fetched as one might think and provides a few grisly opportunities for a bloody death here and there, the knife throwing piece being the best. On a par with mid range Hammer (which is still pretty good) and filled with some wonderfully warped characters, its well worth having if you're a horror fan of the period and like films of the Friday Night variety.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Circus of Horrors 22 Oct 2009
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Plastic surgeon (Anton Diffring) botches an operation on a young girl's face scarring her for life. He flees the police in England and ends up in France where he joins up with a backwoods circus troop. The owner unexpectedly dies and the Doctor takes over the circus using it as a front to continue his experimental plasic surgery practices. He hires beautiful yet disfigured female prostitutes and criminals who he 'rescues' and restores them back to beauty. They make good circus performers and the circus becomes a great success. As the ladies try to break away from him, one by one they meet with tragic 'accidents'. A good circus film well worth watching.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Oh what a circus, oh what a horror show 26 Mar 2010
Token cinema Nazi, Anton Diffring, plays a potty plastic surgeon called Doctor Rossiter who has to do a runner after cocking-up an operation on a young woman, leaving her horribly disfigured. He absconds to France (a good choice of country if you don't want anyone to follow you) and comes across a circus that is owned and run by a man called Vanet (Donald Pleasence). When the circus owner meets with an unfortunate "accident", Rossiter takes over the circus and uses it as a front to continue his dodgy surgical practices.

This is an entertaining horror film from 1960 (not to be confused with the similarly-titled "Circus Of Fear") with a fine cast that also includes Yvonne Monlaur (from Hammer's "The Brides Of Dracula"), Yvonne Romain (from Hammer's "The Curse Of The Werewolf") and Kenneth Griffith ("The Wild Geese" and "Four Weddings And A Funeral"). It was directed by Sidney Hayers, who also directed the classic 1960s witchcraft thriller "Night Of The Eagle" (a.k.a. "Burn, Witch, Burn") and some episodes of many famous tv shows including "The New Avengers", "The Professionals", "Battlestar Gallactica", "The Fall Guy", "Magnum P.I.", "Knight Rider" and "The A Team".

I have memories of watching this film on television many years ago and I thought that it was quite gruesome and shocking at the time. Now it seems pretty tame by modern horror film standards but the action moves along quite well and there are still a few moments of shock and suspense.

Despite some of the cast members, this is not a Hammer horror film but if you like Hammer films and other British horror films from this period then you will probably enjoy "Circus Of Horrors".
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5.0 out of 5 stars Circus of Horrors 23 Sep 2013
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Very well written. The plot was taut ,with tension. Lots of circus action. Kept moving. Actors where good. I had seen it years ago, and had forgotten most of the plot. When I watched it now, it all came back. If you like suspense in the Hitchcock genre, this will be right up your alley.
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5.0 out of 5 stars What a thriller!!!! 20 Jun 2013
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This is a really superb film which I saw at the cinema many years ago (long before the wonderful DVD's and computers came on the scene).
The film's plot is cleverly put together in an imaginative story which is supported by an excellent cast - especially Anton Diffring, who was gifted not only with talent but looks as well.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Best! 11 Jun 2013
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Circus of Horrors is one of the best films to come out of the Golden Age of British horror movies and this DVD from Optimum does it full justice. The color transfer is stunning. A sharp script, some excellent performances, and lots of excitment make for a wonderfully entertaining film.
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