The big top goes bananas during PSYCHO CIRCUS MONTH at Mondo Mondays, featuring more creepy clowns and fabulous freaks than even the Ringling Brothers could handle!
“The greatest blood-show on Earth!” A troupe of shape-shifting circus vampires put on a “fang-tastic” show for the unsuspecting residents of a small village, and things are about to get really batty in this sexy, bloody and sleazy ‘70s shocker from the legendary Hammer Studios!
“Wildly entertaining, over-the-top horror filmmaking.” – Deep Focus Reviews
In Vampire Circus, a little girl is brutally slain by a vampire in a tiny 19th century Austrian village. Seeking revenge, the townspeople invade the foreboding castle of the wildly-overacting Count Mitterhaus and kill him for the crime. As the Count dies, he curses the villagers and vows that their children will all die so that he may someday return to life. Fifteen years later, as the village is ravaged by the plague, a traveling circus comes to town and distracts the villagers from their hardships. Little do they know that their troubles are only beginning! The circus is actually a troupe of shape-shifting vampires, whose members include a diabolical little person clown, a nude tiger woman and her whip-wielding man servant, a pair of acrobats who turn into bats, and a wild-haired hippie dude who’s also a black panther. Soon, the fangs are flying as the local children start disappearing, and the townsfolk realize the prophecy of the long dead Count is coming true, leading to a demented climax. Surprisingly gory and sexy for an early ‘70s Hammer flick (at least now that all the gory and sexy footage that was cut for the film’s original U.S. release is back, baby!), with some real scares, crazy colors and a lot of campy performances, Vampire Circus really brings the blood to the big top! (Dir. by Robert Young, 1972, UK, 84 mins., Rated R)