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4.0 out of 5 stars The circus of nights is coming to town, 2 Dec 2013
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One of Hammer's early 70s productions featuring either Count Karnstein himself or a number of his brood. This was the film company's 'new Dracula' if you like, being well aware that their ever-dependable Christopher Lee was considerably disillusioned with all of their Dracula offerings post-1968. Lee carried on for a few years out of loyalty to the Hammer 'family' but finally called time on them after The Satanic Rites Of Dracula was completed.
So instead of embarking on a lost cause to find someone to fill the sizeable gap left by Lee, Hammer came up with Karnstein - a Dracula in all but name, cape and hairstyle. This, and the other films with a storyline connection (Lust For A Vampire and Twins Of Evil), all bank on the odd flash of bare breasts in their intent to appease 70s audiences and prove that Hammer are moving with the times - even if the films themselves retain the 1800s setting and are located somewhere in Eastern Europe.
Vampire Circus does have a somewhat inventive plot, in that the inhabitants of a quarantined village are surprisingly visited by a travelling carnival-cum-circus troupe. Although finding it odd that the performers managed to circumvent the security outside the village, in their beleaguered state they are only too happy for their weirdly-appealing guests to entertain them every evening. Before they are brutally slaughtered or inducted as new members of the undead, of course.
Despite the absence of Hammer's major stars such as Cushing or Lee, this is an above-average film from a studio that was on a downward spiral at the time, and is certainly worth a viewing.
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