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

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


Chris Massoglia

Darren Shan

Jessica Carlson


Michael Cerveris

Mr. Tiny

Ray Stevenson


Patrick Fugit

Evra the Snake Boy

Daniel Newman


Morgan Saylor


Don McManus

Mr. Shan

Colleen Camp

Mrs. Shan

Ken Watanabe

Mr. Tall

Salma Hayek

Madame Truska

Orlando Jones

Alexander Ribs

Frankie Faison

Rhamus Twobellies

Meet Darren. He's sixteen going on immortal.


Official Website:
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Official site [France] |

Release Date: 23 October 2009

Filming Locations: Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $40,000,000


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

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

Technical Specs



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.

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

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.