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Vampire Circus (Two-Disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo) [Blu-ray] (1972)

David Prowse , Robert Tayman , Robert Young  |  Unrated |  Blu-ray
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (76 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: David Prowse, Robert Tayman, Anthony Higgins, Thorley Walters
  • Directors: Robert Young
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Synapse Films
  • DVD Release Date: December 14, 2010
  • Run Time: 87 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (76 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00456VHMA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #21,490 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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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 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 current hardships. Little do they know that their troubles are only beginning! The circus is actually a troupe of shape-shifting vampires and, as the local children start disappearing, they realize the prophecy of the long dead Count is coming true. Synapse Films is proud to present VAMPIRE CIRCUS, now available for the first time on home video in glorious 1080p high-definition and loaded with amazing extras you can really sink your teeth into! Special Features Include: THE BLOODIEST SHOW ON EARTH: Making Vampire Circus - An all-new documentary featuring interviews with writer/director Joe Dante, Hammer documentarian Ted Newsom, Video Watchdog editor/author Tim Lucas, author/film historian Philip Nutman, and actor David Prowse. GALLERY OF GROTESQUERIES: A Brief History of Circus Horrors - A retrospective on circus/carnival themed horror productions. VISITING THE HOUSE OF HAMMER: Britain's Legendary Horror Magazine - A retrospective on the popular British horror/comic publication featuring author Philip Nutman. VAMPIRE CIRCUS: Interactive Comic Book- Featuring artwork by Brian Bolland. POSTER AND STILLS GALLERY ORIGINAL THEATRICAL TRAILER

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41 of 43 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Vampire Circus - Finally on DVD!!!! March 12, 2008
Perhaps Hammer Films most under appreciated gem - probably due to the hack editing job 20th Century Fox did on the film for it's US release. Inarguably one of the ten best vampire films ever made, it is presented here with every graphic frame of horror and nudity intact. Until the US rights holder (presumably MGM) releases a version (and assuming they do it right) this import version from Brazil will please even the more discriminating horror film collectors. The 16x9 transfer is pleasing though sometimes a little dark. Remember (in spite of the graphic content that was ahead of it's time) this movie was released in 1971. This is as good as I have ever seen VAMPIRE CIRCUS look on video. The packaging and menu are in Portuguese but the disc - by default in fact - plays in English and without subtitles. If you have been looking for this film or are a fan of Hammer Horror - or horror/vampire films in general - you should add this treasure to your collection without hesitation.
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38 of 40 people found the following review helpful
Wanted to post a review letting other Hammer fans know that VC from Synapse is a great piece to add to the collection. I've only looked at the blu-ray so far, but the transfer is very, very good -- colorful, detailed, wonderfully done -- much better than the Spanish Carlton/Filmax transfer I've had for a while (beyond the obvious improvement to the HD format). The extras are fun too -- good background on Hammer and the movie itself from Ted Newsom, Phil Nutman, Joe Dante and Tim Lucas (as well as some David Prowse involvement). This also includes a second audio track of the music and sound effects. In regards to the movie itself, this is one of Hammer's best post-1970 films. VC reminds me of an adult fairy tale with good scares and interesting metaphorical themes (which really aren't far off from what the original fairy tales often included). Is it top-tier Hammer? No, but it is much better than some of their output from any era of Hammer. A great "last gasp" from a studio trying to find its way in a changing cinematic climate. Good Hammer film, great HD release from Synapse. Recommended!
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars another fun vampire title from Hammer June 17, 2008
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VAMPIRE CIRCUS is another great early 70's title from Hammer Productions. Featuring a gangbusters cast and a solid story premise from screenwriter Judson Kinberg (based on the story by Wilbur Stark), it's one of the most hypnotic vampire tales you'll ever encounter.

In a small Serbian village, the townsfolk murder evil vampire Count Mitterhaus (Robert Tayman) after it's discovered he has been killing local children with the help of the schoolmaster's wife (Domini Blythe). Several years later, a troupe of circus entertainers arrive in the village, and the cycle of horror starts once more. Out to avenge the death of Mitterhaus, his distant cousin Emil (Anthony Higgins) and a mysterious gypsy maiden (Adrienne Corri) have a score to settle. But why does it involve innocent Dora (Lynne Frederick)?

Shape-shifting vampires and colourful circus illusions make VAMPIRE CIRCUS one of the bright spots at a time when Hammer Studios was starting to struggle in it's attempts to maintain popularity. Anthony Higgins makes for one helluva sexy vampire; he's matched every step of the way by Adrienne Corri. Fans of the unappreciated Lynne Frederick (sadly more associated by being the last Mrs Peter Sellers than by her film work) will adore her as the virginal heroine Dora. A mop-haired John Moulder Brown, costumed in such a way that makes him resemble Roman Polanski circa. "The Fearless Vampire Killers", is an unlikely hero but pairs well with Ms Frederick.

If you love Hammer movies, you'll definitely like VAMPIRE CIRCUS. It's hard to find at the moment, but worth the effort.
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34 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Top Notch Vampire Thriller December 10, 2010
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
Not sure what James is talking about...worst vampire movie ever made? Well he gives "Scorpion King 2" a five-star rating so I'll venture a guess he's too young to remember when movies didn't have to be special effects extravaganzas to be considered great entertainment.

Vampire Circus is as solid a horror thriller as you are likely to find and deserves it's reputation as one of the best and - up to this point - most obscure Hammer films. It is well thought out with interweaving plot lines. The characters are believable and well portrayed. I won't lay out the story as it's already been done here. It manages to be an intelligent film (you actually have to pay attention to follow the story) without sacrificing graphic, horrific elements. Definitely not for kiddies...apparently like James! (Just kidding, Dude!)

This review is based solely on the film itself as I haven't seen the Synapse disc yet.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hammer's Vampire Holy Grail December 17, 2010
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
Well, you've been reading about it for almost a year and now Synapse Films have delivered what they promised with their 100th release of Hammer Film's excellent Horror opus 'VAMPIRE CIRCUS'. I first saw it when it was released on a double bill with 'COUNTESS DRACULA' back in the early seventies and about 15 years ago, I got a VHS copy of a Japanese laser disc which was a bit faded. Throw away every copy of this film that you had. I have not taken the BLU-RAY jump as of yet so I viewed the DVD version and its incredible with beautiful rich colors exploding off the screen which probably looks better than its theatrical release. It is also uncut and in widescreen format to enjoy the wonderful images of Moray Grant's photography. It includes a great documentary on the making of the film and an enjoyable featurette on other circus horror films. Enough said, you've read about it and now click the add to cart button and enjoy Hammers most unusual, blood soaked rarity . Synapse is promising 'TWINS OF EVIL' and 'HANDS OF THE RIPPER' later this new year. Horror and Hammer fans have something to look forward to. Bravo, Synapse Films.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Vampire Circus Packs a Punch in a Fairy Tale Setting
The setting is 19th Century Serbia in a small, rural town. However, the setting itself has a kind of fairy tale quality, as does the entire motion picture. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Denise Noe
4.0 out of 5 stars Why no captions or subtitles?
This may be a very good entry among Hammer's later horror films, possibly even a great one. I say "may" because as a customer who's half-deaf, I can't tell for sure and am... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Mark
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A great Hammer Horror classic.
Published 2 months ago by Ray Clemons Jr.
5.0 out of 5 stars and the Blu Ray was pretty sharp after 28 years
Fast shipping, and the Blu Ray was pretty sharp after 28 years...
Published 2 months ago by Steve Kur
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE IT, LOVE THIS MOVIE
One of Hammer's best, ever! And who doesn't love the circus? Add vampires, classic overacting (with "dramatic" pauses), incredibly dated (yet wonderful) effects, cheesy fun gore,... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Marie
5.0 out of 5 stars Hammer horror!
Vampire Circus has that great combination of horror and unintentional humor that I love. There are some genuinely creepy scenes mixed with hilariously overplayed neck biting. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Jonn of Mars
5.0 out of 5 stars Deserves its legendary status
A) It's a Hammer vampire movie
B) For its day, it's terrifying, experimental and a genuinely well-made movie
C) Are those human mammalia? Oh my. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Gordon M. Wagner
3.0 out of 5 stars blu-ray disaster
Isaw it at a drive in theater long ago and remembered it to be good....Now when I saw it years later its like how could this movie ever be banned for violence or anything... Read more
Published 10 months ago by ARCHANGel
1.0 out of 5 stars Not a Teckie , with a tech problem.
It wouldn't play on my dvd player ,some regional problem I didn't understand.and a problem I could't fix without getting a new dvd player.
Published 11 months ago by Jay Powell
5.0 out of 5 stars Three RIng Fang Fun
Ooh, how this plays to ones sense of terror. Story Development, less than the usual characters that we want to know about, needs more development there. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Brad Shaw
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Synapse is supposed to put Twins of Evil and Hands of the Ripper out on blu-ray this year to follow their release of Vampire Circus. No word yet on any exact dates.
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