Circus of Fear

Circus of Fear

Director: Werner Jacobs, John Llewellyn Moxey Cast: Christopher Lee, Leo Genn


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John Moxey's Circus of Fear (1967) is available in several different DVD editions, all but one of them (from Blue Underground) totally unauthorized -- as a public-domain movie, that's par for the course. It is one of the newer films in the Alpha Video library; oddly enough, the movie was shot in Eastmancolor, and it appears here in color so washed out as to make one wonder if that were the case, but the producers have credited it as a black-and-white movie (which it was in its original U.S. release), as though they were hedging their bets as to what would pass muster -- or they just plain made a mistake. In any case, this is a poor, but passable, representation of the movie, transferred full-frame (1.33:1) and too dark in the night shots (though they still have some useful picture information when the screen isn't totally black, as it gets for a few seconds at 19 minutes in); there are also some visible splices, including one at a key moment around 20 minutes into the film. The DVD's chaptering is not fully adequate -- the standard Alpha Video six markers hardly suffice on a movie with as much plot and as many twists as this neat little mystery-thriller has to offer. On the other hand, Alpha isn't asking much for it -- this is one release from the company that isn't worth more than the minimal list price it's been given. The disc opens automatically to Alpha's simple two-layer menu.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/09/2003
UPC: 0089218605597
Original Release: 1966
Rating: NR
Source: Alpha Video
Time: 1:31:00

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Christopher Lee Gregor, Lion Tamer
Leo Genn Inspector Elliott
Anthony Newlands Barberini
Heinz Drache Carl, Ringmaster
Klaus Kinski Manfred
Margaret Lee Gina
Victor Maddern Mason
Maurice Kaufmann Mario
Lawrence James Manley
Tom Bowman Jackson
Skip Martin Mr. Big
Henry Longhurst Hotel porter
George Fisher 4th Man
Peter Brace Speedboat man
Roy Scammell Speedboat Man
Keith Peacock Security Man
Eddie Arent Eddie
Suzy Kendall Natasha
Cecil Parker Sir John

Technical Credits
Werner Jacobs Director
John Llewellyn Moxey Director
Johnny Douglas Score Composer
Ernest W. Steward Cinematographer
Harry Alan Towers Producer,Screenwriter
John Trumper Editor
Frank Turner Makeup
Frank White Art Director

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Chapter 1 [14:31]
2. Chapter 2 [15:55]
3. Chapter 3 [15:05]
4. Chapter 4 [16:04]
5. Chapter 5 [14:11]
6. Chapter 6 [15:06]

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