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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.Read more ›
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.
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.
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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I liked it. I thought Andrew Pine was really good in this film as the sick demented antagonistic tormentor.Published 2 months ago by david strickman
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