Circus of Horrors

1960

Sidney Hayers
Director
Anglo Amalgamated
Distributor

Plastic surgeon Diffring botches an operation and flees to Europe, hiding out in a traveling circus, which he transforms into the title, both as a hiding place for criminals and a 'temple to beauty'.

Interesting little film, the second of what David Pirie called Anglo-Amagamated's "sadean trilogy") along with Horrors of the Black Museum and Peeping Tom. Hayers makes the most of it, turning an explotative script into something a bit more layered and thoughtful than say, Berserk! or Circus of Fear (the latter of which uses some footage from this film). The only negatives are the characters comstantly make dumb decisions to further the plot; Monlaur's character in particular is irritatingly dim.

-Dave W.


Circus of Horrors
27th June 1960
Cinema



88 mins
1.66:1

Circus Of Horrors
23rd October 2001
DVD

Not Rated

88 mins
1.77:1



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Tony Castleton
Roustabout
Arthur Dibbs
Circus Audience
Pat Halpin
Jack Mandeville
John More
Herbert Nelson
Stretcher Bearer
Audrey Sykes
Circus Audience
Unknown Female 2
Circus Audience
Anton Diffring
Rossiter, aka Dr. Bernard Schüler
Erika Remberg
Elissa Caro
Erika Remberg
Elissa Caro
Yvonne Monlaur
Nicole Vanet
Donald Pleasence
Vanet
Jane Hylton
Angela Webb
Conrad Phillips
Inspector Arthur Ames
Kenneth Griffith
Martin Webb
Vanda Hudson
Magda von Meck
Yvonne Romain
Melina
Yvonne Romain
Melina
Colette Wilde
Evelyn Morley
Colette Wilde
Evelyn Morley Finsbury
Jack Gwillim
Superintendent Andrews
John Merivale
Edward Finsbury
Carla Challoner
Nicole (as a child)
Peter Swanwick
Polizeikommissar Knopf
William Mervyn
Doctor Morley
Peter Diamond
Roadblock Policeman Who Gets Run Down
Malcolm Watson
Murdered Frenchman
Marcel de Villiers
Barman
Sasha Coco
Luis
Tex Fuller
Roustabout
Chris Christian
Ringmaster
Kenny Baker
Clown
(unsure)
Walter Gotell
Baron Von Gruber
Glyn Houston
Temple of Beauty Barker
Jim Morris
Temple of Beauty Audience
Unknown Male 60
Temple of Beauty Audience
Jim Brady
Circus Audience
Jack Carson
Chief Eagle Eye
Rodney Dines
Spectator
Fred Haggerty
2nd Roustabout
Pat Judge
Circus Audience
Ernie Rice
Circus Audience
Reg Thomason
Roustabout
Kenneth J. Warren
First Roustabout

Dave Wright: Revised Screencaps & Notes