Pay no attention to the cheesy voice over at the beginning of the clip--you MUST watch the tigerwoman dance. And is she nude/painted or is that a body stocking? I have watched this countless times and cannot tell. I swear Vampire Circus may be my favorite horror flick of all time. Yes I own it on DVD, but you can view the entire original English version online. Is that legal? Dunno.
Despite today's ubiquitous sex and violence, I contend that the opening of Vampire Circus could never be made today: Anna, a beautiful young woman frolics with a little girl (Jenny) in a sunny meadow. They laugh and romp as Anna leads Jenny into a castle and up to a bedroom where the entrancing Count Mitterhaus awaits. The little girl smiles sweetly as he loosens her hair. Anna watches on, obviously aroused as the Count bares his vampire fangs and descends upon the child. After Jenny's murder, Anna and the Count enjoy some unapologetic sex.
Except for a few cheesy gore shots, the cinematography is strange and sensuous. Add haunting calliope music, blood-dripping fangs, utterly surreal carnival scenes and loads of taboo sex and the result is one of the best efforts from Hammer Film Productions. I can't understand why Vampire Circus didn't make this list.
Please do leave your horror film suggestions in the comment section. Who knows? I might even be moved to finally ramp up and get a Netflix account.
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