Cirque Du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant

Genre:  Action/Adventure, Horror, Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Running Time:  109 min.
Release Date: October 23, 2009
DVD: February 23, 2010

Current rating: Rating: 3.71
based on 153 votes and 36 reviews
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Cast: John C. Reilly, Ken Watanabe, Chris Massoglia, Josh Hutcherson, Patrick Fugit, Ray Stevenson, Michael Cerveris, Frankie Faison, Jane Krakowski, Orlando Jones, Kristen Schaal, Salma Hayek


Cirque Du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant, based on the popular series of books by Darren Shan, is a fantasy-adventure about a teenager 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 fulfill his destiny in a place drawn from nightmares.

16-year-old Darren (Chris Massoglia) was like most kids in his suburban neighborhood. He hung out with his best friend Steve (Josh Hutcherson), got decent grades and usually stayed out of trouble. But when he and his buddy stumble upon a traveling 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 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 newfound 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.

Director: Paul Weitz
Studio: Universal Pictures
Producer(s): Paul Weitz, Lauren Shuler Donner, Ewan Leslie
Screenplay: Paul Weitz, Brian Helgeland
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  • 1 star "Read the books, watched the trailer and decided I was not ever going to watch this movie because of how bad this would ruin my own view of the books."
  • 4 stars "Go easy on this movie I didn't read the novel(nore will I) but it was better than I expected."
  • 5 stars "this movie is a good reflection of the first two books in the serese. I rilly hope they continue and make movies out of the other books. I give this movie five stars."