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Still shot from the movie: Cirque du Freak: The Vampire’s Assistant.

Cirque du Freak: The Vampire’s Assistant

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. Get the movie review and more. »


Overall: C
Violence: C
Sexual Content: A-
Language: C+
Drugs/Alcohol: A-
Run Time: 108
Theater Release: 23 Oct 2009
Video Release: 16 Feb 2010
MPAA Rating: PG-13
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How We Determine Our Grades

After watching a movie with your children or students, we encourage parents and teachers to look for education opportunities to teach with movies. Here are a few discussion topics that can help with lesson plans or teaching in the home.

Do you think serious topics, like suicide, are less likely to affect people when they are discussed or depicted within a fantastical setting (such as a vampire story)?

Movies often make it appear characters have no choices, for instance when Darren is blackmailed by Mr. Crepsley into giving his life to become a vampire so his friend’s life may be spared. Could he really not have made a different decision?

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