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Cirque du Freak: The vampire's assistant - Chris Kelly, Salma Hayek, John C Reilly, Paul Weitz

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Cirque du Freak: The vampire's assistant tells the frightening tale of a boy who unknowingly breaks a 200-year-old truce between two warring factions of vampires. Pulled into a fantastic life of misunderstood sideshow freaks and grotesque creatures of the night, one teen will vanish from the safety of a boring existence and fulfil his destiny in a place drawn from nightmares.

14-year-old Darren (Chris Kelly) was like most kids in his suburban neighbourhood. He hung out with his best friend, got decent grades and usually stayed out of trouble. But when he and his buddy stumble upon a travelling freak show, things begin to change inside Darren. That's the exact moment when a vampire named Larten Crepsley (John C Reilly) turns him into something, well, bloodthirsty.

Newly undead, he joins the The vampire's assistant (Cirque du Freak), a touring sideshow filled with monstrous creatures from a snakeboy and a wolfman to a bearded lady (Salma Hayek) and a gigantic barker (Ken Watanabe). As Darren flexes his new-found powers in this dark world, he becomes a treasured pawn between the vampires and their deadlier counterparts. And while trying to survive, one boy will struggle to keep their brewing war from devouring what's left of his humanity.

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Target demographic movie keyword propaganda

  • Film supernatural teen vampire undead adventure blood destiny freak show paranormal

Persons of interest

  • Salma Hayek .... Madame Truska
  • Josh Hutcherson .... Steve
  • Willem Dafoe .... Gavner Purl
  • John C Reilly .... Larten Crepsley
  • Jane Krakowski .... Cormac Limbs
  • Patrick Fugit .... Evra Von
  • Ken Watanabe .... Mr Tall
  • Orlando Jones .... Alexander Ribs
  • Kristen Schaal .... Gertha Teeth
  • Chris Massoglia .... Darren Shan
  • Frankie Faison .... Rhamus Twobellies
  • Don McManus .... Mr Shan
  • Michael Cerveris .... Mr Destiny
  • Tom Woodruff Jr .... Wolfman
  • Morgan Saylor .... Annie
  • Jessica Carlson .... Rebecca
  • Jonathan Nosan .... Hans Hands
  • Daniel Newman .... Pete
  • Wayne Douglas Morgan .... Merman
  • Drew Rin Varick .... Loafhead
  • Michael Dean Baker .... Mr Piercing
  • Shawn Knowles .... Mr Kersey
  • Leah Kahn .... Arcuaørius Firen
  • Michael Arnona .... Pigpen
  • Armal J Perkins .... Mr Pipps
  • Darren Shan .... Author
  • Brian Helgeland .... Screenwriter
  • Paul Weitz .... Director

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Theatrical report

Cirque du Freak: The vampire's assistant is a very light version of the "Vampires for 12-year-olds" genre. It's shallow, derivative, obvious, and, despite some of the acting talent, poorly acted. I can't believe that I'm saying this but I recommend that you watch the Twilight movies instead, even if you're a boy.

The supernatural, teen movie Cirque du Freak: The vampire's assistant is directed by Paul Weitz and stars Chris Kelly, Salma Hayek, John C Reilly.

Government security censorship classification

M (Fantasy violence)

Surveillance time

104 minutes (1:44 hours)

Not for public release in Australia before date

Film: 11 March 2010

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