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Vampire Circus [DVD] [1971]

Adrienne Corri , Lawrence Payne , Robert Young    Suitable for 18 years and over   DVD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Adrienne Corri, Lawrence Payne
  • Directors: Robert Young
  • Format: Dolby, PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Strawberry Media
  • DVD Release Date: 11 April 2011
  • Run Time: 83 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004FN7JCK
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 16,061 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

Out of the entire Hammer canon "Vampire Circus" has got to be one of the strangest things they ever did! It is an offbeat, highly surreal number with oodles of blood and gore thrown in. A Transylvanian village is sealed off from the outside world due to an outbreak of the plague. Anyone who tries to get in or out is shot dead by the police. Nevertheless a travelling circus somehow breaks through the lines, and boy, are all its bloodless-looking performers a wee bit strange! There is a gypsy male who seems to be able to turn himself into a panther, and a pair of very creepy acrobatic twins, who seem impervious to pain and can transform themselves into birds. All of it is presided over by Adrienne Corri, who makes a suitably vampy Ring-Mistress. Added to all this the village itself is living under a curse imposed on them by an aristocrat they killed several years before for being a vampire, all of which is related in the violent and blood-splattered opening sequence to the film. A Creepy Hammer horror with bite!

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Novel Vampire Flick! 18 April 2007
I decided to give Vampire Circus a try based on the many reviews I've read on the Internet. I have to say, it was a good move on my part. I won't go into the plot as I'm sure you can find all about it on many sites. I will say that the acting is okay and effects are decent for its time.

Carlton Video did a fantastic transfer. The film looks pristine with no visible imperfections. The colors are solid and rich. Hats off to Carlton.

This little gem is worth the purchase if you're a Hammer fan or a lover of Vampire flicks.

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of Hammer's Best!! 7 Dec 2009
I am a massive fan of Hammer Horror and all from, I think, that magical era from the late 50's to mid 70's. This film is no exception yet it tends to get overlooked when compared to the Dracula series and the Karnstein trilogy. I think this film is better than the latter and is one of the last great triumphs the studio produced. The plot is a real departure from most of its contemporaries and is stronger for it based on the dying curse of a vampire count. It's also very atmospheric. The other striking thing about this film is the score which is stunning, dripping with menace, mystery and solemnity throughout.

Anyway, enough of me rambling, buy it and see for yourself!!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Mixed bag transfer to 1080 but extras are good. 29 Jun 2011
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Many have raved about the transfer on show here but lets be honest the previous uk carlton transfer was very very solid and the colours looked nice and muted and contrast great. The level of detail on show in this first major Hammer hd experience is a little better but not a massive leap.The colour pallette looks boosted to me and less pleasing and the contrast is darker so some shadow detail is lost. Grain is there (which i prefer rather than noise reduction) which can look boosted because of the clarity of blu ray. So a mixed bag worth a punt for fans but not an exibition piece.
The extras are good especially the one on the hammer magazine but uk buyers beware its all region coded. For interest its a good buy but i was not over pleased by the contrast and colour.So if you have the dvd you may want to keep it.
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful
Feels good to be right sometimes.
Only a few short months ago I appeared on these very pages with a stark warning about travelling folk and all they get up to in their mysterious twilight world.
I have been derided as bigot in some quarters, fool in others, but no longer must I rely on hearsay and jangle to support my rantings - here at last is the irrefutable proof.

The town of Schtettle was complacent too. Thinking a travelling circus would divert the long-suffering folk from maudling over the dreadful plague decimating the population seems like a top idea on paper, but as so often turns out in Hammer movies - especially ones with 'vampire' in the title - the reality is a BIG bad.
By wretched bad luck, the circus people are led by Emil, who turns out to be cousin to the desperately evil Count Mitterhaus, a nasty noble who seduced the nubiles and murdered the children of Schtettle, until being staked to oblivion years before.
Emil's not happy about this, so he sets about seducing and murdering the present-day youth of miserable Schtettle, to fulfil the hissing Mitterhaus' dying-breath curse and in so doing, bring him back to life.
The circus turns dazzle the unfortunate audience, who after witnessing trapeze artists turning into bats, an insane dance by a tiger-woman and Emil himself transforming into a scary panther among the attractions, begin to fall prey to the blood-sucking performers.
The children are tricked into a magic castle, breathlessly bonked in animal cages, led AWOL through a hall of mirrors only to find themselves on the receiving end of the gleaming teeth of Emil (NOT played by David Essex - too many stereotypes being enforced here for that languid hypocrite) and his beaming kin.
The adults fare no better.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Circus Has Come To Town 6 Mar 2011
As a long time fan of Hammer Films, this was one of their few later movies that I missed the first time around (HANDS OF THE RIPPER was another). I guess it never came to a drive-in near me. After 1970 I only saw Hammer Films at the drive-ins which I now know was because they had lost their major American distributors and rarely played first run houses outside of the big cities. I never caught it on cable and after having heard about it for years I finally obtained an all region DVD copy from Asia which looked like it was copied from a second generation TV print but at least I finally got to see it. It is truly unlike any other Hammer film from that time thanks to the long prelude, surreal circus settings, and the fact that many of the victims are children. Now Synapse Films, with this Blu ray/DVD combo release, has rectified the situation by presenting the film the way it originally appeared.

The first thing I noticed was the improved picture quality and color saturation which made for an especially vivid viewing experience. Next up was the fact that this version was 4 minutes longer (87 as opposed to 83) than my Asian copy. While there don't appear to be any missing scenes, some of them such as the invisible voices at the circus, the demonic panther attack, and the silhouette sequence run longer and make more sense. I read where Hammer had run out of time and money with only about 75% of the planned film completed but through clever editing and skillful transitions it hangs together very well. The film has old favorites Adrienne Corri, Thorley Walters, and David Prowse (6 years before Darth Vader) to give it added appeal. I also finally figured out where I had seen Emil, the panther man, before.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars The mirror of life awaits.....
By the early 70s Hammer films were winding down and were now staffed by persons with no real love of the horror genre. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Colonel Decker
1.0 out of 5 stars The Horror err...the horror
There are some deluded people out there, or perhaps I am judging by standards of 'what makes a good film'. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Mario
4.0 out of 5 stars Do you like the Circus?
One of Hammer's better vampire films (mind you they made a lot of good my opinion!). Beware the circus!.
Published 7 months ago by A. M. W. Love
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic horror as we remember it.
First saw this on the big screen and it really scared me as a juvenile, looking back at it now it seemed quiet harmless but still holds that charm and mystery that sadly is missed... Read more
Published 8 months ago by John Hetherington
5.0 out of 5 stars vampire circus
vampire circus was down with in a few days excellent quality fantastic to watch a must film to have i would recommend this dvd to any one
Published 17 months ago by Noel.Woodcock
3.0 out of 5 stars An intriguing late Hammer horror with great extras but a disappointing...
Hammer's glory days were behind them as they moved into the early 70, with the studio that made its mark with horror films run by people who didn't actually like horror films and... Read more
Published 21 months ago by Trevor Willsmer
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie - Okay transfer
This is a really imaginative film and beautifully handled by Director Robert Young. It's a shame however that it has not really been restored. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Adrian Drew
4.0 out of 5 stars A well crafted Hammer classic
I knew little of this one, and have no hazy memories of seeing it on TV in the dim and distant past. Read more
Published on 8 Nov 2011 by downkiddie
5.0 out of 5 stars BLURAY
Published on 3 Oct 2011 by John Hogg
4.0 out of 5 stars All of you will die
"Vampire Circus" is one of those Hammer Horror movies that fell through the cracks over the years, mainly because it doesn't star Christopher Lee or Peter Cushing. Read more
Published on 25 Aug 2011 by E. A Solinas
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