Cirque du Freak - The Vampire's Assistant

Cirque du Freak - The Vampire's Assistant 2009

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 nig…
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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.

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  • 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.

  • It was an off beat flick - enjoyable!

  • Really enjoyable!

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  • 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.

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