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CIRQUE DU FREAK:
THE VAMPIRE'S ASSISTANT
USA: Universal Pictures
UK: Universal Pictures International UK
Cast: John C Reilly, Josh Hutcherson, Chris Massoglia, Jessica Carlson, Michael Cerveris, Ray Stevenson, Patrick Fugit, Morgan Saylor, Don McManus, Colleen Camp, Ken Watanabe, Salma Hayek, Orlando Jones, Frankie Faison, Willem Dafoe, Kristen Schaal, Patrick Breen, Tom Woodruff Jr, Jane Krakowski, Drew Varick, John Crawford, Ritchie Montgomery, Ted Manson, Ann McKenzie, Monica Monica, Adella Gautier, Beau Holden, Patrick Fulton, Tyler Chetta, Shaun Grant, Trey Burvant, Beth Burvant, Evelyn Burvant, Anna Dawson, Jonathan Nosan, Madeline Gaudet, Erika Jensen, Armal J Perkins
Director: Paul Weitz
USA & UK: 109 mins
USA Rated: PG-13 for sequences of intense supernatural violence and action, disturbing images, thematic elements and some language
UK Certificate: 12A contains moderate violence and fantasy horror images
USA Release Date: 23 October 2009
UK Release Date: 23 October 2009
Directed by Paul Weitz (upcoming LITTLE FOCKERS), written by Paul Weitz and Brian Helgeland, CIRQUE DU FREAK: THE VAMPIRE'S ASSISTANT is based on a series of books written by British author Darren Shan.
A fantasy adventure unfolds when a teenager, Darren (Chris Massoglia), unknowingly breaks a 200 year-old truce between two warring factions of vampires.
Unexpectedly sucked into a nightmarish world after being attacked a vampire called Larten Crepsley (John C Reilly), Darren leaves behind his cosy but boring humdrum teenage life. Darren is suddenly confronted instead by a misconstrued sideshow of freaks and grotesque creatures of the night in his new world.
Turned into a bloodthirsty being, he joins the touring Cirque du Freak show and discovers his transformation has given him newfound powers which he must master if he is to survive.
Caught between the vampires and their deadlier enemy, Darren becomes a pawn trying to survive in this dark world in a struggle to keep the war from igniting and devouring what reamins of humanity.
Shot mainly on location in and around New Orleans, Louisiana, USA.