Vampires Assistant-Cirque Du Freak(Blu-ray)

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Welcome to the Cirque Du Freak, a traveling sideshow filled with magical creatures, misunderstood freaks, and the mysterious vampire, Larten Crepsley (John C. Reilly). Drawn to the dark, unpredictable world of the Cirque, 16-year-old Darren (Chris Massoglia) decides to trade in his ordinary life for a chance to become an immortal vampire. As Darren explores his newfound powers and faces unexpected enemies, he'll find that his existence as a member of the undead is filled with more challenges, suspense and fun than he ever thought possible. Based on the best-selling book series and co-starring Salma Hayek, Josh Hutcherson, Ken Watanabe, and Willem Dafoe.


Studio Universal
SKU 213718998
UPC 025195055239
UPC 14 00025195055239
Format Blu-Ray DVD
Release Date 2/23/2010
Rating Rating
Based On A Novel
Teenage Fantasy Adventure
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note Darren Shan's Cirque du Freak book series for young readers takes a bite out of the screen with this adaptation from writer-director Paul Weitz (ABOUT A BOY). When 16-year-old Darren (Chris Massoglia) attends a circus sideshow, he gets far more than just a few hours of gaping at the strange performers. Vampire Larten Crepsley (John C. Reilly) makes Darren into one of his own, and the teen soon joins the tour, traveling along with the bearded lady (Salma Hayek) and the barker (Ken Watanabe) as he's drawn into a war between the supernatural creatures. Patrick Fugit, Orlando Jones, Willem Dafoe, and Jane Krakowski co-star.
Los Angeles Times "The look of the film has a great, eerie Victorian storybook quality to it." 10/23/2009
USA Today "John C. Reilly is a new breed of vampire in CIRQUE DU FREAK....His life-affirming code of ethics bolsters his biting wit." 10/23/2009
Paul Weitz
Salma Hayek
John C. Reilly
Ken Watanabe
Chris Massoglia
Cast & Crew
Frankie R. Faison - Star
Salma Hayek - Star
John C. Reilly - Star
Ken Watanabe - Star
Jane Krakowski - Star
Michael Cerveris - Star
Kristen Schaal - Star
Josh Hutcherson - Star
Ray Stevenson - Star
Orlando Jones - Star
Chris Massoglia - Star
Willem Dafoe - Star
Patrick Fugit - Star
Brian Helgeland - Screenwriter
Lauren Shuler Donner - Producer
James Muro - Director of Photography
Stephen Trask - Composer
Paul Weitz - Producer
Kerry Kohansky - Executive Producer
Darren Shan - Source Writer
Paul Weitz - Screenwriter
Sarah Radclyffe - Executive Producer
Andrew Miano - Executive Producer
Dan Kolsrud - Executive Producer
Courtney Pledger - Executive Producer
Jack Leslie - Producer
Paul Weitz - Director
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2009
UPC 00025195055239
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 109 minutes
Color Color
Aspect Ratio
Widescreen  2.35:1
ReviewSource Austin Chronicle
Review If you haven't yet noticed, there are currently two types of vampires fighting it out tooth and nail and leaving a crimson stain across the pop-cultural landscape to mark their passing, or unpassing as the case may be. On one side are the brooding (and frankly boring) hormonally conflicted teenage rebels of the Twilight series, sporting more angst than outright aggression and trying mightily to teetotal their way into polite society and ? obviously, since they're eternal teenagers ? the heroine's un-Lucky Brand jeans. (HBO's True Blood fits in there nicely as well.) On the other side are Cirque du Freak's Reilly, Dafoe, Hayek, and a pair of Nickelodeon-brand teens, whose characters are but pawns in a cosmic game of vampiric brinkmanship. I'd wager the smart money's on any film with Reilly and Dafoe in it, but since both franchises are based on voluminous young adult book series, you never can be certain who or what is going to triumph at the box office. A little angst goes a long way in high school hallways, and just because the first Twilight is Harlequin romance-lite (to eyes raised on more, ah, subversive and "spurty" exercises in excessive exsanguination) doesn't mean that the bloody battle for box-office dominance is anywhere near over. Cirque du Freak is fun compared to the dour googly eyes of Twilight. It's got bite, to be sure, but unlike its chief rival, it's not afraid to laugh at itself or the conventions of the genre. It should also be noted that The Vampire's Assistant owes, at least in this first entry in the cinematic series, a huge debt to Ray Bradbury's Something Wicked This Way Comes. Massoglia and Hutcherson play best friends Darren and Steve, and as in Bradbury, they mirror and complete each other: Darren is the straight-A cream puff, while Steve dreams of cutting class and being a vampire. He gets his chance, sort of, when the mysterious Cirque du Freak blows into town and resident vampire Larten Crepsley (Reilly, hamming it up with gusto) ends up half-vamping Darren. Uncool for Steve, sure, but there are other, less peaceable vampires in play, and eventually Steve gets his dark wish fulfilled. There's plenty more going on in this artfully directed and fancifully acted anti-Twilight opening salvo, but suffice it to say that Weitz's (About a Boy) film is simply the far more inventive and engrossing teen-vamp flick. Its concerns are similar ? love, death, family ? but The Vampire's Assistant tackles them with a calculatedly fresh eye. It's more fun than a poke in the heart with a sharp stick.
Reviewer Marc Savlov
ReviewRating 7
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Video Format Blu-Ray
Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times The look of the film has a great, eerie Victorian storybook quality to it.
Claudia Puig, USA Today John C. Reilly is a new breed of vampire in Cirque Du Freak....His life-affirming code of ethics bolsters his biting wit.

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