Movie Review: Cirque du Freak: The Vampire’s Assistant

Details from IMDB:

PG_13  109 min  –  Action | Adventure | Fantasy   –  23 October 2009 (USA)

Ratings: 6.0/10 from 15,053 users   Metascore: 43/100
Reviews: 125 user | 145 critic | 25 from

A young boy named Darren Shan meets a mysterious man at a freak show who turns out to be a Vampire. After a series of events Darren must leave his normal life and go on the road with the Cirque Du Freak and become a Vampire.

Initial Thoughts:

I’m sure you all know by now I’m a big vampire fan, so I have a natural tendency to watch any vampire movie (I even made the mistake of seeing the first Twilight movie, *shiver*). So I saw this on Fibre Optic and figured what the hell?

Main Points:

I like John C. Reily and while he seems like a strange choice for a vampire he does well enough and seems to have fun in the role. Likewise is the case for Willem Dafoe and Salma Hayek (though they have smaller roles).

The movie starts off simple enough, two high school students are curious about a freak show that comes to town. The freak show is truly bizarre but with our desensitised, attention-deficit culture I can see most people not believing in the true paranormal even if it was presented before their eyes.

Things soon get complicated Steve, one of the students, recognizes one of the performers, Larten Crepsley, as a vampire from one of his books. In a very short period of time the other student, Darren, is forced to become a vampire in order to save his friend.

Of course then his death has to be faked and he goes off with Crepsley to live with Cirque camp (I’m skipping details for brevity’s sake).

The camp provides some lighter moments in the film and Jane Krakowski (from “30 Rock”) turns in nice performance in her tiny role. Of course there is also a love interest for Darren and a new friend in the camp.


In another sequence of unlikely events Steve, the other friend, becomes a vampire as well and eventually the two friends are forced to fight each other while the fate of Darren’s human family hangs in the balance. There is also some vague talk of prophecies and war between the two kinds of vampires. (Basically one kinds kills their prey for blood and the other doesn’t). 

Final Thoughts:

There may some day be a sequel to this but I wouldn’t bother to see it. Overall it’s an ok movie with a few parts and a couple of decent performances. I give it 6/10, I used to say it’s a renter but I don’t know if anyone even rents movies anymore Smile. If you love vampires and enjoy some of these actors it’s not a bad way to spend some time Vampire bat.



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