In a time when the tried and true Hammer vampire formula was showing its stretch marks, Robert Young’s Vampire Circus broke the mold, taking the blood suckers out of a gothic castle and putting them in a circus setting. To help celebrate their 100th release, Synapse has provided us with 5 Blu-Ray/DVD combo packs for some lucky readers. Check after the specs for your chance to win!A little girl is brutally slain by a vampire in a tiny 19th century Austrian village. Seeking revenge, the townspeople invade the foreboding castle of Count Mitterhaus and kill him for the crime. As the Count falls, he curses the villagers and vows that their children will all die so that he may someday return to life. Fifteen years later, as the village is ravaged by the plague, a traveling circus comes to town and distracts the villagers from their current hardships. Little do they know that their troubles are only beginning! The circus is actually a troupe of shape-shifting vampires and, as the local children start disappearing, they realize the prophecy of the long dead Count is coming true.
The goodie bag of candied extras that round out Synapse’s three-ring celebration include:
• THE BLOODIEST SHOW ON EARTH: MAKING VAMPIRE CIRCUS –- Interviews with Joe Dante, Tim Lucas, Philip Nutman, Ted Newsom, and Darth Vader himself, David Prowse.
• GALLERY OF GROTESQUERIES – A Brief History of Circus Horrors
• VAMPIRE CIRCUS: Interactive Comic Book, with Artwork by Brian Bolland
• POSTER AND STILLS GALLERY
• ORIGINAL THEATRICAL TRAILER
For your chance to win, email your name and mailing address to firstname.lastname@example.org with VAMPIRE CIRCUS in the subject heading, along with the answer to this trivia question: “Which Stanley Kubrick film do two stars of Vampire Circus also appear together in?” Winners will be chosen at random this Friday afternoon (12/24).