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Cirque Du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant (2009) Thriller Movie Review

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I will preface my review of this movie by saying that I much prefer Blade, From Dusk til Dawn and Underworld type vampire flicks that all have tons of action, violence and gore in them. Whenever you get into the PG-13 world you are going to get a much more friendly and watered down film with less brutal movie. Reality and financing dictates that the movie studios have to appeal to a broader audience when possible to make enough money to allow the films I mentioned previously. 

I am not familiar with the book that this movie is based upon. That being said this was a fun ‘teen oriented’ vampire movie with no significant violence or gore. This is a PG-13 (unfortunately) flick; you know it’s going to be in the vanilla spectrum so don’t expect Blade or Underworld. The CGI animation and coloring of John C. Reilly‘s pet spider was amazing, but then again any quality CGI animation done nowadays should be and usually is amazing. The makeup effects, set design and costumes were well done and give the movie an interesting modern Gothic appearance and feel.

The characters were interesting and I found myself pretty involved in the story. Comparing this film to the wildly successful Twilight films, the two out so far any ways, Cirque is much more interesting. There are no moping or perfect looking Twilight characters and Cirque was just more interesting than both Twilight 1 and 2. I love John C. Reilly and vampire movies so this was my primary motivation for seeing this in the theater. Reilly’s character was not in his usual comedic or musical roles so it was good to see him do something completely different. Willem Defoe has a smaller role in this film and plays a very interesting vampire character as well.

All in all this movie is worth seeing and if you are a genre fan it is probably worth owning.


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.

About Cirque Du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant (2009)

Title: Cirque Du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant
Year: 2009
Starring: Tom Woodruff Jr., Willem Dafoe, Frankie Faison, Don McManus, Ken Watanabe, Salma Hayek, John C. Reilly, Ritchie Montgomery, Ray Stevenson, Orlando Jones, Josh Hutcherson, Patrick Breen, Jane Krakowski, Michael Cerveris, Drew Rin Varick, Ann McKenzie, Adella Gautier, Chris Massoglia, Patrick Fugit, Morgan Saylor, Colleen Camp, Kristen Schaal, John D. Crawford, Ted Manson, Monica Monica, Beau Holden, Patrick Fulton, Tyler Chetta, Shaun Grant, Jessica Carlson
Director: Paul Weitz
Score: 3.5 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 3.6/5 stars from 11 users. Reviews: 11.
Genre: Thriller, Action, Fantasy, Adventure
MPAA Rating: PG-13

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