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

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Teenager 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.

Director:

Paul Weitz

Writers:

Paul Weitz (screenplay), Brian Helgeland (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
John C. Reilly ... Crepsley
Josh Hutcherson ... Steve
Chris Massoglia ... Darren
Jessica Carlson ... Rebecca
Michael Cerveris ... Mr. Tiny
Ray Stevenson ... Murlaugh
Patrick Fugit ... Evra the Snake Boy
Morgan Saylor ... Annie
Don McManus ... Mr. Shan
Colleen Camp ... Mrs. Shan
Ken Watanabe ... Mr. Tall
Salma Hayek ... Madame Truska
Orlando Jones ... Alexander Ribs
Frankie Faison ... Rhamus Twobellies
Willem Dafoe ... Gavner Purl
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Storyline

Teenager Darren Shan is an excellent student and the pride and joy of his perfect middle-class family, but his best friend is the reckless Steve. When they receive a flyer with an advertisement for a freak show, they sneak to the theater to see the attractions. The star attraction is a vampire called Larten Crepsley, who performs with a colorful yet very lethal spider. After the show, Darren tarries to see the spider and overhears Steve unsuccessfully trying to convince Larten to transform him into a vampire. Darren steals Larten's spider, which later bites Steve. In seeking an antidote from Larten, Darren accepts a deal to become his half-vampire assistant. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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Meet Darren. He's sixteen going on immortal.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sequences of intense supernatural violence and action, disturbing images, thematic elements and some language | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish | French

Release Date:

23 October 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cirque du Freak See more »

Filming Locations:

Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,293,205, 25 October 2009

Gross USA:

$13,869,515

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$39,232,113
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | DTS | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

What drew John C. Reilly to play Larten Crepsley was "the fact that it was a real person, that he wasn't some supernatural mystical being that can turn into a vampire bat. The powers weren't so extreme that it was just another thing altogether, that this guy was a person who was alive in the 1800s who was essentially about my age. If you account the slow aging, he is forty something years old" he said. See more »

Goofs

In the first show, just as Mr.Tall is introducing Madame Truska, as he says "...the exotic...", you can see more light passing through the tips of his unnaturally long fingers than the rest of his fingers, revealing that the actor is wearing hollow prosthetic to make the fingers appear longer. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Darren Shan: [narrating] You know, sometimes it seems like life is all planned out. There's no choice in the matter. We're all gonna end up in the same place, whether we like it or not. But sometimes things aren't so simple. You can end up hurting the people you love the most; betraying the people you want to come through for.
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Soundtracks

Chelsea Dagger
Written by Jon Fratelli (as John Lawler)
Performed by The Fratellis
Courtesy of Universal - Island Records Ltd.
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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User Reviews

 
Brought a Surprising Smile to My Face
24 October 2009 | by racker-5See all my reviews

This movie was actually very entertaining. I didn't expect much going in but I actually liked the story. While I thought it was going to be a Twilight ripoff, I think it actually made in fun of Twilight a little bit--which made for great fun. The acting was better than expected. I was especially surprised by John C. Reilly. I absolutely loved his character! I agree with others when I say that it's actually refreshing to see him in a more serious role. The movie was interesting, unique, caring, and humorous. I definitely recommend seeing the movie. I think it's going to be a great series. I look forward to seeing the next movie.


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