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Cirque Du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant (2009)

John C. Reilly , Ken Watanabe , Paul Weitz  |  PG-13 |  DVD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (152 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: John C. Reilly, Ken Watanabe, Josh Hutcherson, Chris Massoglia, Ray Stevenson
  • Directors: Paul Weitz
  • Writers: Paul Weitz, Brian Helgeland
  • Producers: Paul Weitz, Lauren Shuler Donner, Ewan Leslie, Andrew Miano
  • Format: AC-3, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: French, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Universal Studios
  • DVD Release Date: February 23, 2010
  • Run Time: 109 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (152 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0030Y0I1Y
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #33,460 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Cirque Du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant" on IMDb

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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, 16-year-old Darren (Chris Massoglia) decides to trade in his ordinary life for a chance to become an immortal vampire. As Darren explores his newfound powers and faces unexpected enemies, he’ll find that his existence as a member of the undead is filled with more challenges, suspense and fun than he ever thought possible. Based on the best-selling book series and co-starring Salma Hayek, Josh Hutcherson, Ken Watanabe, and Willem Dafoe, it’s a fast-paced, suspenseful journey critics call, “Imaginative!” (Peter Hall, Cinematical.com)

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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Horror Comedy of 2009 February 24, 2010
Format:Blu-ray
Cirque Du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant took me by surprise more than any other movie last year, and I couldn't wait for it to come out on Blu Ray. Horror comedies, in my opinion, are hard to pull off because the director is trying to serve two audiences at the same time. The Vampire's Assistant pulls this off very well as it simultaneously creates a dark, moody atmosphere while never letting things get too serious.
You can read about the story in the description, so I won't get into detail about plot elements. The main story moved along at a good pace with never really any down-time or uneccesary scenes. If anything the movie is probably a little on the short side. This film, I believe would have been more well received if some of the characters and plot points were fleshed out a little more. There is simply too much story to cram into just under two hours. Despite the time constraints the cast does an excellent job of creating a dark atmosphere, all centered around the delightfully absurd world of a freak show. The comic elements are subtle but work better than other horror/comedies such as Zombieland (which I also love).
Visually the film is a delight, with excellent make-up and special effects, as well as sets that perfectly set the tone for each scene. Everything from the old theater, to the graveyard and the freak's camp are visually stunning. The wolf man was probably the most impressive character in the film, and listening to the director (special features) talk about his vision of the wolf man and how it came to fruition in the film was very interesting.
I typically do not watch the special features, but I watched every single one and came away wishing there had been more.
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47 of 57 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A fun teenage vampire flick... December 23, 2009
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
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.
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43 of 53 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Freak du Film January 5, 2010
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Format:DVD
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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie
This was one both the kids and adults loved....adventure...scary...funny...and for some reason reminded me slightly of the movie "Freaks" from the 1930's.... Read more
Published 1 day ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars A real neck biter
I'm not much into vampires and things that go booga booga in the night but this was a funny romp. Worth the price of the movie and a bowl of popcorn.
Published 14 days ago by Charles Reynolds
5.0 out of 5 stars Good movie, good seller
It got here on time, in good condition, and works perfectly. The movie I give a 4, it's just not a 5, but it's good enough to add to my collection.
Published 15 days ago by sticks
3.0 out of 5 stars Good movie
It was a good movie. The casting was okay, John C Reilly was, as he always is, amazing. Too bad there wasn't a sequel.
Published 21 days ago by Stormy G. Pippin
2.0 out of 5 stars Books Good Film not so much
The movie makes a lot of plot changes in order to try to fit too many books into one movie. The result is no depth on any of the story lines and it becomes a jumbled mess. Read more
Published 28 days ago by Erica
1.0 out of 5 stars If you loved the books, DO NOT WATCH THE MOVIE
This movie is complete and utter garbage. I started reading the book some time in '04-'05, as I had always loved vampires. Read more
Published 28 days ago by Kassandra Spears
5.0 out of 5 stars Cool Movie
Oh course I love vampire movies, always have. Well, this one is not scary, it is really rather cool. I looked for this movie for years before I found it on Amazon. Read more
Published 29 days ago by Babbi L. Jordan
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie wish sequels would have followed
I have not read the book, but I thought the movie was great! There are 12 books in this series.
Those that have read the book (as usual) don't like the movie. Read more
Published 1 month ago by hectorma
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie
It's a great movie. I just liked the whole movie. The characters were great and I liked the whole vampire thing.
Published 1 month ago by christian
1.0 out of 5 stars Harry potter meets stupid.
Harry potter meets stupid. It's lackluster story is lame, trying to hit the path of films that came before it, this film fails.
Published 1 month ago by Roberto J. Escandon
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