Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Vampire Circus (1972)

A village in Nineteenth Century Europe is at first relieved when a circus breaks through the quarantine to take the local's minds off the plague...

Vampire Circus is a 70's grindhouse film that falls short on what makes the old grindhouse films great. It starts out strong as the town people get fed up with Count Mitterhaus, as he has been killing all of the children in the town with the help of the seduced Anna. The town storms into his castle and after a small battle, a stake is driven into Count Mitterhaus's heart. It combines all the great attributes of the old grandhouse films.  Very fake but over the top violence, nudity for no reason,bad acting, comical visual effects and a ridiculous script.

Then the  movie slows down, it still has the bad acting and ridiculous script but when you do not have all of the elements continuing throughout the movie it gets tough to watch.

There are still some good parts throughout the movie. A panther attacking a group of travelers in the forest, two circus acrobats turning into bats and then back to humans, David Prowse (who is Darth Vader) as the strongman and of course the final fight scene.

In the end there just isn't enough to make you laugh and keep you entertained. It should have followed in the footsteps of movies like The Wizard of Gore and played to the strengths of what really makes these movies fun to watch.

When to Watch Rating: While Plunging Your Head In Boiling Water

Available on Netflix Instant View

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