‘Cirque Du Freak: The Vampire’s Assistant’ Trailer & Poster

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The first trailer and poster for Cirque Du Freak: The Vampire’s Assistant have hit the Net and the trailer in particular is surprising people left and right with how good it looks.

Based on the twelve-volume young adult novels by author Darren Shan, Cirque Du Freak tells the story of a young boy (also named Darren Shan) who joins up with a circus of supernaturals under the tutelage of Larten Crepsley (John C. Reilly), a vampire who transforms Darren into a “half-vampire” to serve as his assistant.

The cast of the film features big names like Willem DaFoe, Salma Hayek, Ken Watanabe, Orlando Jones, Ray Stevenson, and 30 Rock’s Jane Krakowski. It’s helmed by Paul Weitz, director of American Pie.

Check out the first poster and trailer for The Vampire’s Assistant:

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Word is that this film will be based on the first trilogy in Shan’s four-trilogy book series, and will cover how Darren becomes a half-vampire; his reluctance to accept his new life; and finally the threat of the evil “vampenezee.”  In the world of Shan’s books, vampires aren’t evil: they don’t kill to feed, or suck blood through their fangs; instead they make small incisions in people’s shoulders, suck a bit of blood out and seal the wounds with their spit.

Vampires also don’t live forever (just age slowly) and are able to go out in the sun (though they burn easily). The “vampenezee,” on the other hand, are more akin to the bloodsucking fiends we know and love to hate.

As for the Cirque Du Freak: it’s awesome to see so many stars making freaks of themselves. Did you recognize the lovely Salma Hayek behind all that beard?

This film was nowhere on my radar before, but it is now. Don’t quite know how I feel yet about this particular take on vampire folklore (haven’t read the books), but I’m willing to give the movie a chance for now. As for the poster: considering all the crazy imagery of the trailer (and all the freaks to feature), the poster seems pretty lame. Hopefully the next one will be a bit more…freaky.

Cirque Du Freak: The Vampire’s Assistant hits theaters on October 29, 2009.

What did you think of the trailer and poster? If you want to see it in HD, head over here.

Source: Moviefone via Cinematical

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  1. Looks interesting. I’m wondering if they are aiming for funny or serious though. Couldn’t tell. It is hard to mix the two. Hopefully they pull it off.

  2. Been waiting for this for a looong time. Was hoping to see more Ray Stevenson in the trailer, but oh well…can’t wait for this to come out.

  3. Wow, I LOVED that trailer. Seems like a more… accessible version of Terry Gilliam’s ‘Doctor Parnassus.’ I like John C. Reilly (he’s a pretty damn good serious actor as well as a comedic one – this looks like a merging of the two) and the extended, diverse cast they have is wicked.

    As you say, Kofi, this wasn’t on my radar but it CERTAINLY is now.

  4. I’ve been waiting on this for 10 years!!!!!!!!!!!! It Looks AWESOME!

  5. Im actually not too happy with it, I mean the movie looks good as a movie but its too far from what I had in my head. Plus, Steve being cuter than Darren? Now Im going to be rooting for the wrong team xD

  6. And Darrens not supposed to have vampire spit…*cough*

    Sorry. It does look like a good movie, just not at all what I had pictured.

  7. So what do the Vampaneze (Which is the correct spelling, lol) look like in the movie? I’m certainly hoping for that purple tint. Was that little gnome one of the Little People? I’m hoping no, that’s just not the right look.

  8. Feels like a Goosebumps/Are You Afraid Of The Dark episode. Looks like fun.

  9. The trailer doesnt look the same as i thort it wud after reading the book

  10. oh my goodness!! ive been waiting for them to make a movie for these books since i was in 8th grade(im gonna be a senior) i hope its half as good as the books were. movie doesnt look to bad. actor who lays darren shan is a cutie.

  11. It’s not exactly what I expected, but no movie based on a book ever really is. It looks really good though, and Evra makes me super happy! =D

  12. Really? I was actually quite disappointed with Evra, he wasnt anything like Id had pictured.I guess I always thought of him as kind of small and shy :P

  13. I think Mr. Crepsley seems a bit too funny. He never really had a sense of humor in the book. I can’t imagine him saying “Wakey, wakey!” or “No, that’s bull.”
    Maybe it’s just me though.

  14. they’ve turned a dark and gloomy story for older teens to a kid movie grrrrr! makes u wonder if these movie producers and script writers even read these books!

  15. well after thinking it over for some week i have to say im sorry a kids movie it is not, ive been watching the trailer hundreds of times now and think it would be great but he shouldnt have spit and whats with his girlfriends tail!
    im thinking that there just going to pull a
    “a series of unfortunate events” and make only one movie instead of the hole 12 book series and that concerns me! but i hope it all works out cuz the series doesnt get really good till vampire mountain!

  16. I have to agree with some of these people… Its way to far off from the book, I mean.. Didn’t Alan steal the flyer from his older brother? I don’t remember anything about Darren complaining his life is boring. It may just be me but I think its way to far off from the book. The movie itself is good, but the storyline isn’t. Heh I would rather watch Twilight then this just for the storyline.

  17. Shanster: If you’re looking for a movie that follows the book, DO NOT watch Twilight. The movie is so far off base, it shouldn’t be called Twilight. The only things C.Hardwicke/and that abomination of a screenwriter Melissa Rossenberg got right was the actors were perfect, Carter Burwell and Rob Pattinson have the music perfect and the names. No, they got the bio teachers name wrong. Even so, because I love the books so much, I saw it 4 times in the theater. And no, I’m not a teenage fan girl.

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