Picture from Cirque du Freak: The Vampire’s Assistant
Overall C

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.

Violence C
Sexual Content A-
Profanity C+
Substance Use A-

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for sequences of intense supernatural violence and action, disturbing images, thematic elements and some language.

Talk to your kids about…

Cirque du Freak: The Vampire’s Assistant

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?