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Format: DVD
Sku: 213718997
UPC: 025195038393
UPC 14: 00025195038393
Rating: Game Rating Code
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Meet Darren. He's Sixteen Going on Immortal.
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.

"The look of the film has a great, eerie Victorian storybook quality to it.  Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times
"John C. Reilly is a new breed of vampire in Cirque Du Freak....His life-affirming code of ethics bolsters his biting wit.  Claudia Puig, USA Today

Editor's 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.


Video Features DVD, English, Spanish, French, Dolby, Dolby Digital (5.1)

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Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Universal
Video Release Date Release Date: 9/1/2015
Video Play Time Running Time: 109 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 2009
Video UPC UPC: 00025195038393
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks:
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio Anamorphic Widescreen  2.35:1

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Frankie R. Faison
Video Cast Info Salma Hayek
Video Cast Info John C. Reilly
Video Cast Info Ken Watanabe
Video Cast Info Jane Krakowski
Video Cast Info Michael Cerveris
Video Cast Info Kristen Schaal
Video Cast Info Josh Hutcherson
Video Cast Info Ray Stevenson
Video Cast Info Orlando Jones
Video Cast Info Chris Massoglia
Video Cast Info Willem Dafoe
Video Cast Info Patrick Fugit
Video Cast Info Brian Helgeland - Screenwriter
Video Cast Info Lauren Shuler Donner - Producer
Video Cast Info James Muro - Director of Photography
Video Cast Info Stephen Trask - Composer
Video Cast Info Paul Weitz - Producer
Video Cast Info Kerry Kohansky - Executive Producer
Video Cast Info Darren Shan - Source Writer
Video Cast Info Paul Weitz - Screenwriter
Video Cast Info Sarah Radclyffe - Executive Producer
Video Cast Info Andrew Miano - Executive Producer
Video Cast Info Dan Kolsrud - Executive Producer
Video Cast Info Courtney Pledger - Executive Producer
Video Cast Info Jack Leslie - Producer
Video Cast Info Paul Weitz - Director

Professional Reviews

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

Austin Chronicle 7 of 10
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. - Marc Savlov

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