Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant

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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.

Release Year: 2009

Rating: 6.0/10 (17,115 voted)

Critic's Score: 43/100

Director: Paul Weitz

Stars: Chris Massoglia, John C. Reilly, Salma Hayek

Teenager Darren Shan is an excellent student and the pride and joy of his perfect middle-class family; 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 ringmaster is a vampire called Larten Crepsley, that has a lethal spider. After the show, Steve tells Darren to go home. However he returns and overhears Steve unsuccessfully trying to convince Larten to transform him into a vampire. Darren steals Larten's spider which bites Steve later and he seeks out Larten asking for an antidote for his friend. Larten proposes a deal to Darren.

Writers: Paul Weitz, Brian Helgeland

John C. Reilly - Larten Crepsley
Josh Hutcherson - Steve
Chris Massoglia - Darren Shan
Jessica Carlson - Rebecca
Michael Cerveris - Mr. Tiny
Ray Stevenson - Murlaugh
Patrick Fugit - Evra the Snake Boy
Daniel Newman - Pete
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

Taglines: Meet Darren. He's sixteen going on immortal.


Official Website: Official site | Official site [France] |

Release Date: 23 October 2009

Filming Locations: Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $6,293,205 (USA) (25 October 2009) (3074 Screens)

Gross: $13,698,390 (USA) (15 November 2009)

Technical Specs

Runtime: USA:

Did You Know?

Students who attended a school in which a few scenes of the movie were shot were cast as extras.

Continuity: At the very beginning, when Steve puts a rose on Darren's coffin, there is no spider bite/bruise on his right cheek. Later, when Steve is shaking Darren in the coffin (obviously before the graveyard), the bruise is there.

Evra the Snake Boy: [Embarrassed after shaking Darren's hand and leaving some skin behind] Sorry about that, shedding. Itches like crazy.
Darren Shan: [slightly disturbed] ... right...
Evra the Snake Boy: [scratches head sheepishly] Better go wash that, before you get pink eye...

User Review

Entertaining Movie

Rating: 8/10

I watched a screening of this movie and loved it. I wasn't sure whether to expect a children's movie or adult movie, and it came out to be more like the latter. I grew up reading & watching "Goosebumps", and this movie made me feel like I was watching a "Goosebumps" film tailored for adults.

John C. Reilly does a really great job acting; it's nice to see him do something more challenging again. If you are turned off by his work in movies like Walk Hard, Talladega Nights, etc., give him a chance in this movie. He really impressed me. Patrick Fugit was my favorite actor in the film; his character was visually an eyesore but also in some odd way incredibly adorable. And Chris Massoglia, of course, was a great lead actor.

I would watch this film again when it officially comes out in theaters.


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