cirque du freak: the vampire's assistant.

the original plan was to watch sherlock holmes.  but when we got to the theater, it wasn't showing anymore.  T chose this movie instead.  i hesitated since it had B movie written all over it. but T pointed out that  funnyman john c. reilly was in it so if the storyline sucked, we would at least laugh for sure.

"Meet Darren.  He's sixteen going on immortal."

cirque du freak: the vampire's assistant is a movie adaptation of the book carrying the same name.  the plot revolves around two sixteen year olds:  darren shan (played by chris massoglia) who is fascinated with spiders and his bestfriend steve leonard (played by josh hutcherson) who is fascinated with vampires. while walking to school one day, a mysterious car drives by and releases a flyer advertising a 'cirque du freak', a traveling freak show claiming to have toured the western hemisphere for the last 500 years. 

darren and steve attends the show and they meet mr. crepsley (played by john c. reilley) and his giant spider octa.  

after a series of mad events, darren ends up in the cirque's camp grounds and meets all sorts of freaks.  i wouldn't give away the plot so as to prevent spoilers ;)

personally, i liked the movie.  it's probably not something that would blow your mind but cirque du freak: the vampire's assistant was very entertaining.  although the storyline was a bit dark for a book intended for young adults, the darkness was balanced off by unexpected humor.  and T was right.  all through out the movie, you can't help but laugh at john c. reilly's quirky lines and antics.

but the most effect this movie had on me was that after watching, i wanted to google the cirque du freak books.  i wanted to read them!  i found out, however, that the movie was part of the 'vampire blood trilogy' comprising only the first 3 books of the 12 book saga cirque du freak.  so i guess i'm heading to the bookstore now to get those books.  i can't wait until the next movie installment to find out what happened to darren and steve (spoiler alert!).

anybody here who has read the cirque du freak saga?   how are the books?

and with that, i give cirque du freak: the vampire's assistant

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  1. I kinda want to see it though, sounds interesting, thanks for the review! You guys should watch the blind side (Sandra Bullock) its awesome! :)

  2. miles. don't expect much from the movie. it's probably best to wait for the dvd ;)

  3. Hmmm...your review makes this sound pretty interesting, like a mellow way to spend a Friday night. Thanks!

  4. treacle. i actually downloaded the cirque du freak ebook collection because (spoiler) the movie doesn't really end.. end things ;)

  5. Hi Joei :)

    The movies stills look very funny to me somehow. The post reminded me how I hate it when I get to the movies only to realize the movie I wanted to see isn't showing any more... Thankfully, it doesn't happen often :) I also noticed this cool post about the 365 days and photos! I can totally say this is not easy. It's a lot like what I'm doign with my blog, and some days seem so plain you don't even know what to say thank you for that would hopefully make the post worth reading by other people lol Thanks for stopping by my blog. I really like how yours is no neat and so well organized... I voted in the poll too :)

  6. Hi Joei, the girl you spotted in the 2nd picture from the bottom, she is Kate Hudson.

    Glad you visited, hope to see you again....soon.

    Best wishes.

  7. julia. thanks for the compliment! will add a link to your site so i can visit more often ;)

    colin. ooohhh.. been trying to figure out who she was! thanks for dropping by, too :)

  8. Oh I really wanna watch this movie! It seemed kinda interesting:)

    I've seen Sherlock Holmes, Robert Downey Jr is simply amazing!!


  9. sher. aww man. we missed sherlock holmes in the theaters :( will try to catch it on dvd.

  10. I'm not a fan of vampire movies, but this one actually seems okay. i'll probably end up watching it .. knowing me lol

    xx lue

  11. I read the first Cirque du Freak book years ago, but never continued on with the series. Perhaps I need to check this film out!! :)

  12. Hahah I remember these books from when I was a kid - they're awful! Would be a funny film to watch just for comedy value...

  13. lue. it's really not your usual vampire movie. more on funny than dark :)

    cafe fashionista. downloaded some ebooks so i can start reading them ;)

  14. mj. novels' too dark for kids to read huh? well, the movie's ok. it's not scary. a bit dark but there's comedy so it all balances out.

  15. before the movie came out, i was so thrilled about it and even posted so many vids on my facebook - trailers and stuff.. but when it was released in the theatre, i never watched it.. opted to wait for a torrent or dvd copy teehee..

  16. mukhang boring nga yung movie.

  17. koolaide. good idea! :))

    adrian. it's quite entertaining actually.


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