Saturday, January 31, 2009
Cirque du Freak
Cirque du Freak tells the frightening tale of a boy who unknowingly breaks a 200-year-old truce between two warring factions of vampires. Pulled into a fantastic life of misunderstood sideshow freaks and grotesque creatures of the night, one teen will vanish from the safety of a boring existence and fulfill his destiny in a place drawn from nightmares.
14-year-old Darren (Chris Massoglia) was like most kids in his suburban neighborhood. He hung out with his best friend Steve (Josh Hutcherson), got decent grades and usually stayed out of trouble. But when he and his buddy stumble upon a traveling freak show, things begin to change inside Darren. Steve hangs around after the show and confronts a performer about being a vampire, then demands to be turned into a vampire. He tastes his blood and refuses, for Steve's blood tasted evil. Shortly after, Darren, obsessed with spiders, steals the vampire's performing spider, Madam Octa. After Madam Octa bites Steve and paralyzes him, Darren goes after the owner, determined to find an antidote for his best friend. He agrees only to give the antidote in exchange for one thing. That’s the moment when a vampire named Larten Crepsley (John C. Reilly) turns him into something bloodthirsty, a half-vampire, his apprentice.
Newly undead, he joins the Cirque Du Freak, a touring sideshow filled with monstrous creatures from a snake boy, Evra, (Patrick Fugit) and a wolfman (Tom Woodruff Jr.) to a bearded lady, Truska, (Salma Hayek) and a gigantic barker, Mr.Tall (Ken Watanabe). As Darren flexes his newfound powers in this dark world, he becomes a treasured pawn between the vampires and their deadlier counterparts, the vampaneze. While trying to survive, Darren must struggle to keep their brewing war from devouring what’s left of his humanity.[