Cirque Du Freak: the Vampire's Assistant

Movie information

Meet Darren. He's sixteen going on immortal. Rated PG-13: Parents Strongly Cautioned (Some Material May Be Inappropriate for Children Under 13) -- Rated PG-13 for sequences of intense supernatural violence and action, disturbing images, thematic elements and some language.
Released on:
October 23, 2009  

Previously Announced Release Dates:
January 15, 2010

Production Companies:
Donners' Co., Depth Of Field
Universal Pictures

Status: Released

This film was Previously Known As:
"Cirque du Freak"

This film is Also Known As:
"Circus of the Freak"

John C. Reilly, Ken Watanabe, Josh Hutcherson, Chris Massoglia, Ray Stevenson, Patrick Fugit, Orlando Jones, Willem Dafoe, Salma Hayek, Jane Krakowski, Frankie Faison, Kristen Schaal

Director: Paul Weitz

Screenwriter: Paul Weitz, Brian Helgeland
Script: Series of Books Adaptation

Genre: Fantasy, Action, Adventure
About the film:
Cirque Du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant, based on the popular series of books by Darren Shan, is a fantasy-adventure about a teenager 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 fulfill his destiny in a place drawn from nightmares.

16-year-old Darren (Chris Massoglia) was like most kids in his suburban neighborhood. He hung out with his best friend Steve (Josh Hutcherson), got decent grades and usually stayed out of trouble. But when he and his buddy stumble upon a traveling 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.

Newly undead, he joins the Cirque Du Freak, a touring sideshow filled with monstrous creatures from a snakeboy and a wolfman to a bearded lady (Salma Hayek) and a gigantic barker (Ken Watanabe). As Darren flexes his newfound powers in this dark world, he becomes a treasured pawn between the vampires and their deadlier counterparts. And while trying to survive, one boy will struggle to keep their brewing war from devouring what's left of his humanity.
Rated PG-13 for sequences of intense supernatural violence and action, disturbing images, thematic elements and some language.
Box Office: Opening weekend: $6.29 mil. (2754 theaters) | Domestic Total: $13.87 mil.
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April 15, 2010 - 15:17

This film is shit.