Circus of Fear (1966)

Directors: John Llewellyn Moxey
Starring: Christopher Lee and Klaus Kinski

Genre: Mystery/Crime/Horror


"What begins as a daring daylight armored car heist on London’s Tower Bridge leads to a sinister circus where a disfigured lion tamer (Christopher Lee) is one of several suspects in a three-ring nightmare of red herrings, grisly ‘accidents’ and cold-blooded murder. Klaus Kinski (Venom), Suzy Kendall (Bird With the Crystal Plumage), Margaret Lee (Eugenie) and Leo Genn (The Bloody Judge) co-star in this gripping thriller directed by John Moxey (Horror Hotel, The Night Stalker) and based on the novel by legendary mystery writer Edgar Wallace.

Circus of Fear was originally released in America as Psycho Circus in black & white and cut by more than 22 minutes. Blue Underground has now restored the film to its full running time from a stunning British color negative and added a long-lost 8-minute sequence recently discovered in a storage vault. This is Circus Of Fear as you’ve truly never been seen it before! " - from DVD Pacific

My oppinion:
Got "Circus of Fear" through the "Christopher Lee Collection" and judging by the title and the cover art, I thought this was a classic horror movie, but I was wrong. It's more like a "Sherlock Holmes" kind of movie, but with some horror elements. Don't get me wrong, I really liked it, just got a little surprised with what I got. The plot is good with lots of nice twists and both the acting and directing is very well done. It kept me well entertained during the 91 minutes it lasted. It does surprise me a bit though, that Blue Underground decided to put this in the "Christopher Lee collection", as he really doesn't appear that much in the movie, and when he does, he's wearing a mask most of the time.. I'm sort of glad they did anyways, as I would probably have missed this one otherwise.
The DVD contains an audio commentary track with director
John Moxey, 4 different trailers, 2 in colour and 2 for the B&W version of the film, posters and Talent Bios. All in all, I'm very happy with this movie even though it wasn't really horror and Lee wasn't really that much involved. Recommended!

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or through the "Christopher lee collection" at: DVD Pacific