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Three beautiful young women are bound for Las Vegas to become showgirls. And it's not long before their car breaks down and they're stranded in the middle of the Nevada desert. After spending the night in their car, a man named Andre offers them a lift to his place and a tow truck. But the girls quickly learn there's more to Andre than meets the eye and they're soon taken prisoner, joining a slew of other women. Andre fancies himself a ringleader and these girls are trained and whipped like animals in a circus. Meanwhile, Andre's daddy is a hideous mutant locked in a shed, and one of his captives reminds him of his dead mommy. Escape seems hopeless at first but pretty young girls don't go missing without someone noticing. Director Alan Rudolph went on to a major career in Hollywood as an assistant director for the legendary director Robert Altman (Nashville) and has since become a respected director in his own right (Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle). Also known as Barn of the Naked Dead, this DVD of Terror Circus is the first and only authorized release of this sleazy relic with a sparkling new transfer from original elements.

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Product Details

  • Actors: Andrew Prine
  • Directors: Alan Rudolph
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    Unrated
    Not Rated
  • Studio: MEDIA BLASTERS, INC DVD
  • DVD Release Date: March 31, 2009
  • Run Time: 86 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001I82RWW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #151,725 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Terror Circus" on IMDb

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By Stanley Runk VINE VOICE on April 27, 2009
Format: DVD
This film was also released back in the day as Barn of the Naked Dead, a much, much snazzier title if you ask me. I mean, how do you resist a title like Barn of the Naked Dead? Forget the fact that there is practically no nudity or zombies in the film, the title still rocks. But Shriek Show released it under it's original title, Terror Circus.
Made in the early 70s, it brings to mind films like Last House on the Left, Texas Chainsaw Massacre, etc. Basically movies where women are held captive by wackos. Here it's Andrew Prine in the psycho role of Andre. He's a bit more laid back and subdued than say, David Hess in Last House on the Left. A good loon though. In this film he lures three stranded women to his home in the desert. He chains them in his barn, which houses other chained women. Andre sees the women, not as sex slaves, which you'd normally guess for this kind of movie, but as his own pets, his circus animals. He's a bit like a demented Sigfried and Roy with the captive women as his tigers. He makes them do odd circus type antics, sometimes he wears a top hat and uses a whip(sounds like my honeymoon). Anyone who doesn't cooperate or tries to escape is killed by Andre's live lion(I think it's a lion anyway). One of the captive women bears a striking resemblance to Andre's long lost mother, and this begins his downfall as he frees her and treats her as such. Soon a jailbreak is in order, but there's one more card in the deck, and I'm not gonna give that away. Lets just say that it again has to do with Andre's family, and it's a cool ending.
I liked this movie quite a bit. It's not nearly as brutal as the more controversial films of the time that tried to push the envelope in brutality.
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The film was taken from a synopsis, handed to a budding screenwriter still with minimal talents and formed into a package of both fun and ugh, there must be another word for it...effort towards the completion of the films producer. Gerard Cormier, a wonderful man had a need to make a film and with the support of his family they accomplished this task. As the films "screenwriter," I would have preferred something other than the task given me, but meeting the Cormier's and others associated with this effort, I am pleased the time was well spent with truly good people and watching their dreams come true.

I believe I am not saying anything out of school because I am certain I either heard or read that this is the one film Andrew Prine wished he hadn't made. Andrew, a wonderful stage and film actor and perhaps, just perhaps this remains his one "indiscretion" who is to say?

Overall, just for the fun, "Terror Circus" would be a good way to spend the night with some popcorn - it is, after all, bubble gum for the eyes and a look during a time in film history where almost anything goes.

Gerard Cormier, the films creator, passed away recently and I regret not retaining the friendship we once knew so many years ago.
Rest well "Jerry," you remain a very good man.
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Three showgirls on their way to Vegas break down in the desert. They are aided by Andre (Andrew Pine) who imprisons them by chaining them in a barn along with other beautiful girls whose car broke down nearby. Andre doesn't have a full deck and forces the girls to do things like walk in a circle. There is really no circus or show. The film has other titles such as "Nightmare Dead" and "The Barn of the Naked Dead." All of which are misleading.

It was interesting to see people smoke in a restaurant and eat breakfast where half the plate is bacon. This film is most fitting as the third film of a Drive-in presentation. Starts out with promise, but fizzles.

Brief nudity.
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This movie goes by two titles, "Terror Circus" and "Barn of the Naked Dead". Which one fits the best? Well there's terror, but a circus? Some wacko keeps a dozen women chained in a barn and calls him his "animals". He claims to be training them for a circus, but all he does is have them walk around a platform, raising and lowering their hands, while he wears a ring masters outfit and cracks a whip. Pretty lame "circus".
There is a barn, there are a lot of dead people at the end (most of them not shown) and there is brief nudity at the 22 min mark, although they're alive when it happens.There's also a mutant who lives in an outhouse or shed.
My advice is to buy "Terror Circus" (it actually looks pretty good) and call it "Barn of the Naked Dead" (which does appear as an alternate title on the "extras) or maybe "Shed of the Mutant Dead".
Also, the cover painting is cool.
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Where to begin with this ? Like a few others have mentioned, this film plays like a made for TV movie; and a bad one at that. The acting is terrible (I refuse to believe there was a script), the special effects (what little there are) are pitiful (BBQ sauce and strawberry jam). There's no suspense or plot. It's not bad enough to be good, and not good enough to be campy. The biggest frustration was that the chains around the women's necks were incredibly loose, yet no one thought to just slip them over their heads?? Watching a free infomercial DVD that you received in the mail would be more entertaining than this snoozer. There's a reason it had several name changes in a few short years, and was unavailable for so long, not because it's "shocking", but because it's pointless. This was definitely made for the drive-in's, but I'm sure many drove away before it was over. I love campy and bad grindhouse movies, but this one ...ugh.
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