Cirque du Freak - The Vampire's Assistant (2009)

Cirque du Freak - The Vampire's Assistant
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Fantasy violence

Director: Paul Weitz
Actors: Chris Kelly, John C. Reilly, Ken Watanabe, Jane Krakowski, Patrick Fugit, Salma Hayek, Willem Dafoe, Orlando Jones, Kristen Schaal

Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant tells the frightening tale of a boy who unknowingly breaks a 200-year-old truce between two warring factions of vampires. Pulled into a fantastic life of misunderstood sideshow freaks and grotesque creatures of the night, one teen will vanish from the safety of a boring existence and fulfil his destiny in a place drawn from nightmares. 14-year-old Darren (Chris Kelly) was like most kids in his suburban neighbourhood. He hung out with his best friend, got decent grades and usually stayed out of trouble. But when he and his buddy stumble upon a travelling freak show, things begin to change inside Darren. That's the exact moment when a vampire named Larten Crepsley (John C Reilly) turns him into something, well, bloodthirsty.

Status: QuickPick
Run time: 104mins
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Audio Formats: English Dolby Digital 5.1

Member Reviews (21)

As others have said, quirky. Unfortunately that's the best quality of the movie, in all other aspects it is thoroughly underwhelming. Kids/teens with limited exposure to movies might enjoy it, but for everyone else it's nothing more than a time filler. Certainly not the worst movie I've seen, but I'd never recommend it either.
Posted Wednesday, 20 August 2014 See my other reviews
dee tee
It was an off beat flick - enjoyable!
Posted Sunday, 26 January 2014 See my other reviews
Really enjoyable!
Posted Tuesday, 26 March 2013 See my other reviews
Posted Friday, 4 November 2011 See my other reviews
disappointing childrens movie,with freaks,weird, not even good enough for all ages, a flop
Posted Friday, 4 March 2011 See my other reviews
Whilst the story line is inane and the characters totally unbelievable, this film has a quirky off beat quality that I liked despite the fact I was forced to ask myself why did this movie need to be made at all. Pure escapist entertainment for some. An exercise in futility for others.
Posted Wednesday, 2 March 2011 See my other reviews
Not as fun as the trailer made it look, it's another perfect example of a sloppy script which gives the characters no challenge. Anything that they need to do is stated, then suddenly it is done and they move on. Only a very small portion of that can be explained away by the vampire superpowers. Overall, not a very memorable movie, but at least I didnt feel like i wanted my hour back.
Posted Tuesday, 1 March 2011 See my other reviews
Posted Monday, 28 February 2011 See my other reviews
Very cute camp vamp movie, don't watch this if you are expecting something intense and violent, very enjoyable no brainer, I liked this movie and thought it was well worth watching, even the wife liked it.
Posted Thursday, 3 February 2011 See my other reviews
Now if Twilight dropped the romance angle and upped the action with humor it would be as Brill as this film. A teenager makes the ultime choice when his friend is bitten by a spider and as a half vampire helps fight agasint their evil counterparts with his friend who joined them. Brillaint acting and thou Darrens mentor is a tad awkward with the good vampire its only the 1st film and he will adjust to the character much like Darren did. The direction is 1st rate blending in plenty of action and even a bit of humor which vampire lover will enjoy. It holds true mostly to vampire lure except they feed differently and in a refreshingly new way next to Bloodties. The circus people are likeable and the villians hissable. Plenty of action violence but nothing ovely gory and it has some very well done CGI in places too. It ends on an open note but I look forward to the sequel. Def worth a look for vampire fans for something different then the usual and also lovers of fantasy films like Harry Potter as well.
Posted Sunday, 30 January 2011 See my other reviews
Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant is a quirky movie. It shares something with the likes of Buffy and Angel in the script, but subtly fails to be as darkly amusing. Instead it falls more into the adolescent humour area (but not as much as the first Buffy movie), while also being quite dark. The casting of John C Reilly as the vampire is intriguing, but I don't think the delivery of his lines is quite right (which may be a failing of the directing rather than the acting) and he never really seems at home in the character. Nevertheless, I enjoyed it and am looking forward to the next installment. It also has the most beautiful sets, costumes and creatures and the other Cirque du Freak members are great. Salma Hayek is fabulous and Ray Stevenson, who is always excellent, looks like he is having a ball as Murlough.
Posted Thursday, 27 January 2011 See my other reviews
I thought it was an OK movie. Plenty of effects
Posted Friday, 10 December 2010 See my other reviews
Ben H
Just plain weird!!!
Posted Wednesday, 10 November 2010 See my other reviews
John F
Well, I lasted until Dafoe made an appearance and then turned it off.
Posted Saturday, 16 October 2010 See my other reviews
Weird, strange and boring wouldn't recommend
Posted Monday, 4 October 2010 See my other reviews
Matthew B.
Kind of different, and strange. But not awful.
Posted Sunday, 3 October 2010 See my other reviews
Kylie B
We really enjoyed it. Certainly one for fans of vampire movies. Good acting, great story line
Posted Sunday, 5 September 2010 See my other reviews
rubbish don't waste your time or money
Posted Saturday, 4 September 2010 See my other reviews
Really cool and different - not your standard vampire flick!
Posted Thursday, 26 August 2010 See my other reviews
Okay but definitely nothing to rave about. The story needed some beefing up and the acting was pretty basic! Probably aimed more at teens. Wouldn't rush to see it!!!
Posted Monday, 23 August 2010 See my other reviews
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