Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's AssistantOctober 23, 2009
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
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
Evra the Snake Boy
Meet Darren. He's sixteen going on immortal.
Release Date: 23 October 2009
Filming Locations: Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA
Box Office Details
Opening Weekend: $6,293,205
(25 October 2009)
(15 November 2009)
Did You Know?
Students who attended a school in which a few scenes of the movie were shot were cast as extras.
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.
Evra the Snake Boy:
[scratches head sheepishly]
Better go wash that, before you get pink eye…
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
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
I would watch this film again when it officially comes out in theaters.