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Cirque du Freak: The Vampire’s Assistant

Released

Oct 23, 2009

Latest Home Video

Feb 16, 2010

MPAA Rating

PG-13

Cast

Chris Massoglia
John C. Reilly
Salma Hayek
Paul Weitz

Studio

2009 Universal Pictures

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Synopsis

A bored teenager named Darren Shan (Chris Massoglia) looks for excitement by attending a performance of the Cirque Du Freak. While there, he captures the attention of Larten Crepsley (John C. Reilly), a suspected vampire, who persuades the boy to become his assistant.

Content Details

Why Is Cirque du Freak: The Vampire’s Assistant Rated PG-13?

Cirque du Freak: The Vampire’s Assistant is rated PG-13 for sequences of intense supernatural violence and action, disturbing images, thematic elements and some language.

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Here is additional information on sex, violence and profanity in Cirque du Freak: The Vampire’s Assistant...

This story about two teens that become transformed into vampires contains scenes of intense hand-to-hand fighting, yet because these characters are immortal, injuries that should be serious or fatal do not result in death. A truck hits a man. Men fight with shovels, hit each other on the head, throw one another great distances and smash each other on the ground. A teacher is fatally attacked (one of the assailants is his student). An immortal man rips the flesh off his arm, leaving just a bone. A poisonous spider bites a boy, resulting in a swollen face and the possibility of dying. A boy drinks poison (so he can die and become a vampire) and then a man (who is a vampire) breaks his neck and throws him from a roof. High school students skip school, engage in minor vandalism, lie and sneak out of their homes. In a freak show environment, strange characters do dangerous things like putting a lit blowtorch in a mouth, swallowing knives and re-growing a hand after it is bitten off. A character appears to have no skin covering his abdomen. A boy eats raw meat. A man and boy exchange blood through their fingers. A boy attempts suicide by jumping from a roof, but is stopped. A teen girl offers her neck so a boy can drink her blood. A romance develops between teens, who later share a short kiss. Language includes two rude anatomical references, two scatological terms, and other infrequent mild profanities. A character says he is “f-ed up,” but later explains he means “freaked up.” Adults drink socially.

Home Video Viewing Alternatives

Here are some ideas for home video titles that are related to Cirque du Freak: The Vampire’s Assistant.

This movie seems to be a mix between Twilight (the story of a young girl who pushes her way into the world of Vampires) and the Harry Potter stories (where a young boy learns he has the potential to become a wizard). This movie is based on a book series by Darren Shan (who lends his name to the lead character). The excitement of the circus can be felt while watching the real Cirque du Soleil perform.

Canadian Movie Ratings

BC
SK
PG Violence, Coarse Language.
AB PG Frightening Scenes, Violence, Not Recommended For Young Children.
MB PG Not Recommended for Young Children, Violence, Frightening Scenes.
ON PG Frightening Scenes, Not Recommended for Young Children, Violence.
QC G Not recommend for young children.
NB
NS
NL
PE
PG

Canadian Home Video Rating: PG

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Details on home video releases of Cirque du Freak: The Vampire’s Assistant...

Release Date: 16 February 2010

Cirque du Freak: The Vampire’s Assistant releases to DVD in Widescreen, with audio tracks in Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround (English, French and Spanish). Subtitles are available in English, French and Spanish, and English Audio Description is provided. Bonus materials consist of the featurettes, Guide to Becoming a Vampire and Tour du Freak.

Cirque du Freak: The Vampire’s Assistant releases on Blu-ray Disc in Widescreen, with audio tracks in 5.1 DTS-HD MA (English) and Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround (English, French and Spanish). Subtitles are available in English, French and Spanish, and English Audio Description is provided.

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Lynn says: Oct. 02, 2009

I’ve seen Cirque du Freak: The Vampire’s Assistant. This movie has quite a bit of humor in it—and is certainly no more frightening for the family audience than the Potter movies. It has something very positive to say about the fact that if matters far less what you are on the outside than what you are on the inside. And also the fact that ‘families’ come in all forms. I think it has both adult and kid appeal.

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