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Cirque Du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant
Cirque Du Freak The Vampire's Assistant
Actors: Chris Massoglia, John C. Reilly, Salma Hayek, Josh Hutcherson, Jessica Carlson
Director: Paul Weitz
Genres: Action & Adventure, Comedy, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Mystery & Suspense
PG-13     2010     1hr 49min

Welcome to the Cirque Du Freak, a traveling sideshow filled with magical creatures, misunderstood freaks, and the mysterious vampire, Larten Crepsley (John C. Reilly). Drawn to the dark, unpredictable world of the Cirque, ...  more »

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Actors: Chris Massoglia, John C. Reilly, Salma Hayek, Josh Hutcherson, Jessica Carlson
Director: Paul Weitz
Creators: Paul Weitz, Andrew Miano, Courtney Pledger, Dan Kolsrud, Ewan Leslie, Brian Helgeland, Darren Shan
Genres: Action & Adventure, Comedy, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Mystery & Suspense
Sub-Genres: Action & Adventure, Comedy, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Mystery & Suspense
Studio: Universal Studios
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen - Dubbed,Subtitled
DVD Release Date: 02/23/2010
Original Release Date: 01/01/2009
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/2009
Release Year: 2010
Run Time: 1hr 49min
Screens: Color,Widescreen
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 2
Members Wishing: 0
MPAA Rating: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Languages: English, French, Spanish
Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
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Member Movie Reviews

Reviewed on 6/22/2020...
A different take on vampires with a freakshow too! Chris Massoglia and John C. Reilly shine in this!
Jonathan H. (bigjohn84) from WILLIAMSTOWN, KY
Reviewed on 1/4/2012...
great movie
1 of 1 member(s) found this review helpful.

Movie Reviews

A fun teenage vampire flick...
HorrorGuy | Riverside, CA United States | 12/23/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)

"I will preface my review of this movie by saying that I much prefer Blade, From Dusk til Dawn and Underworld type vampire flicks that all have tons of action, violence and gore in them. Whenever you get into the PG-13 world you are going to get a much more friendly and watered down film with less brutality, violence and language. Reality and financing dictates that the movie studios have to appeal to a broader audience when possible to make enough money to allow the films I mentioned previously.

I am not familiar with the book that this movie is based upon. That being said this was a fun 'teen oriented' vampire movie with no significant violence or gore. This is a PG-13 (unfortunately) flick; you know it's going to be in the vanilla spectrum so don't expect Blade or Underworld. The CGI animation and coloring of John C. Reilly's pet spider was amazing, but then again any quality CGI animation done nowadays should be and usually is amazing. The makeup effects, set design and costumes were well done and give the movie an interesting modern Gothic appearance and feel.

The characters were interesting and I found myself pretty involved in the story. Comparing this film to the wildly successful Twilight films, the two out so far any ways, Cirque is much more interesting. There are no moping or perfect looking Twilight characters and Cirque was just more interesting than both Twilight 1 and 2. I love John C. Reilly and vampire movies so this was my primary motivation for seeing this in the theater. Reilly's character was not in his usual comedic or musical roles so it was good to see him do something completely different. Willem Defoe has a smaller role in this film and plays a very interesting vampire character as well.

All in all this movie is worth seeing and if you are a genre fan it is probably worth owning."
Freak du Film
Shopper | USA | 01/05/2010
(2 out of 5 stars)

"Cirque du Freak is based on the first trilogy of The Saga of Darren Shan, a set of twelve books (four trilogies) by the Irish writer Darren O'Shaughnessy (pen name: Darren Shan, just like his hero's). These teen/young adult oriented novels have a worldwide following and been translated to over 25 languages.

Darren is a teen with a charmed life: popular, smart, from an upper class family, he is destined for a productive and orderly life of college-job-family. This order however is disrupted one night, when, after some prodding from his troubled best friend Steve, Darren attends a late night performance of Cirque du Freak. When Darren's actions put Steve's life in danger, a vampire performer from Cirque du Freak is the only one with the power to save the young man. And so, Darren strikes a deal: in exchange for his friend's life, Darren will abandon his family and become the vampire's assistant; a half vampire himself. Unbeknownst to him, a war has been brewing between the two fractions of the vampire world. Both Darren and Steve are destined to be major players in the coming events...

Even though, clearly, I am beyond the teen/young adult years, I found the story compelling enough to investigate further. I am pleased to report that most of the film's production values, including CGI, were impeccable. John C. Reilly as the vampire Larten Crepsley was surprisingly convincing. The number of big name actors who made an appearance in the film was astonishing. So, why only two stars? Well, there were two major problems:
1) The actors chosen to portray Darren and Steve not only lacked chemistry, but lacked the abilities to emote deep feelings. Consequently, what should have been a dramatic decision to leave his family comes across as nothing more then a minor blip on Darren's schedule. What should have been a complex feud between two friends who go on to become leaders of the opposing vampire fractions, seemed as nothing more then two silly characters bickering at one another.
2) Secondly, even though the story was great, the script was poor. Despite the fact that we learned of the events in a chronological order, their lack of clarity was unacceptable.

The film ended with many unanswered questions. Counting on audience support, there were three sequences planned, one for each trilogy. I suppose those plans must be on hold at the moment, given the poor turn out at the box office. Shame really. I think the books disserved better...
Amy J. McDonald | APO, AE United States | 11/23/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I'm a fourteen year old girl, and I LOVED THIS!!! I went into the theater thinking this was going to be some lame teen vampire romance movie- it wasn't!!! This was kind of scary, and hilarious at the same time. It's all about a boy who is turned into a vampire and(duh) becomes the assistant to a vampire in a travelling freak show. The main guy, Darren, never wanted to be a vampire, but his best friend Steve did. Steve becomes jealous and joins the "bad" vampires, and they have a really cool fight scene at the end. The special effects aren't cheesy, and didn't make me laugh during all the fight scenes like the ones in Twilight did. Not to mention the two main guys are really cute! Me and my friend were glued to the screen the entire time, and didn't even leave the theater for a free popcorn refill! I LOVED THIS MOVIE!"