Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant


John C's a super freak...

Aiming to do for Brit-author Darren Shan what Twilight did for Stephenie Meyer, this lavish but uneven franchise hopeful condenses the first three books in Shan’s 12-part saga.

The ball starts rolling when straight-A student Darren (Chris Massoglia) gives up his (mortal) life to save bad-boy best friend Steve ( Josh Hutcherson), who’s been bitten by highly venomous spider Madame Octa.

Freshly undead, Darren joins travelling sideshow Cirque Du Freak, becoming both assistant to vampire Crepsley (John C Reilly) and a player in the struggle against nastier neck-nippers the Vampaneze.

Reilly’s terrific as the bloodsucker who’s lost his zest for death, and there’s further quality from supporting freaks Ken Watanabe, Willem Dafoe and bearded lady Salma Hayek.

Alas, most of the above are reduced to bit parts, leaving Paul Weitz’s film reliant on the limited ability of Massoglia. The new RPattz? We’ll stick with the old one…

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    • FranzMcGyver

      Oct 31st 2009, 12:57


      i know it's a cliché but the book is really better then the film. someone who isn't peter jackson needs to be able to work with well loved books. the fantastic mr fox was brilliant but is a completely different take on the classic childrens book. i hope where the wild things are doesn't bomb chick this out btw

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    • jonnybodz

      Nov 3rd 2009, 20:52


      Watch this movie for free for those of you that are short on money at But if you can afford it go to the theaters and support the movies

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