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      Circus of Horrors

      1960 1h 29m Horror List
      Reviews 43% Audience Score 1,000+ Ratings When one of his operations results in disfigurement, plastic surgeon Dr. Schuler (Anton Diffring) flees to France. After he successfully operates on young Nicole (Carla Challoner), her father, Vanet (Donald Pleasence), lets him join the circus he owns. Vanet dies and Schuler takes over, expanding his roster of performers with female criminals he operates on. If the girls try to flee, Schuler arranges for their seemingly accidental deaths during performances, drawing large, morbid crowds. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Premiered May 21 Buy Now

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      Chris Alexander Alexander On Film The movie really works primarily because of Diffring's truly magnetic performance, a complicated turn that sees his Rossiter/Schuler veer between sympathetic and sociopathic. Sep 22, 2018 Full Review MFB Critics Monthly Film Bulletin A plot that only a very simple-minded sadist would take seriously sustains an anthology of gory killings and maimings. Jan 26, 2018 Full Review Dennis Schwartz Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews Has some brilliant gory Grand Guignol moments during its circus sequences. Rated: B Sep 6, 2015 Full Review David Nusair Reel Film Reviews ...a tedious and downright worthless endeavor... Rated: .5/4 Jul 3, 2011 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Audience Member Joel and the Bots riffed this turkey about a Nazi plastic surgeon for the MST3K Great Cheesy Movie Circus Tour in Austin, and I think all involved would prefer to be crushed by a man in a bear costume than hear the dull dulcet tune of "Look for a Star" again. Cannonical score: 4.5/5 — "Twas the Temple of Beauty that killed the beast." Rated 2 out of 5 stars 01/30/23 Full Review bill t Deliciously perverse film about a quack plastic surgeon who finds a cover in an old circus.. and hires deformed women, makes them beautiful, and forces them to work for him! It's ridiculous, bizarre, very colorful, and oh so much fun. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 03/30/23 Full Review simon d Not particularly scary, as you would expect from a title like this, but quite good nevertheless. The story is pretty good and the character interesting. For 1960 I'd go as far as to say the effects were quite impressive too. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member Ladies and gentleman, enjoy the horror show.. A Strange Undercurrent Of Sex And Grotesque Mutilation--Anton Diffring at his nastiest!! Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/22/23 Full Review Audience Member Ah Circus movies. Did you know one won best picture in 1953? That one was about The Greatest Show on Earth. This one is about the Jinx Circus, where fallen women, given a second chance, thanks to plastic surgery and blackmail, are murdered when the become engaged. Its weird that the ape really hates Dr. Schuler. Really strange. A lot of pre-Twiggy English ladies prance about in their panties. Which is nice.But I could not shake the uncanny resemblance btwn Anton Diffring and Wm. S. Buckley. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/16/23 Full Review Audience Member a plastic surgeon at a circus!??! Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 01/29/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Synopsis When one of his operations results in disfigurement, plastic surgeon Dr. Schuler (Anton Diffring) flees to France. After he successfully operates on young Nicole (Carla Challoner), her father, Vanet (Donald Pleasence), lets him join the circus he owns. Vanet dies and Schuler takes over, expanding his roster of performers with female criminals he operates on. If the girls try to flee, Schuler arranges for their seemingly accidental deaths during performances, drawing large, morbid crowds.
      Director
      Sidney Hayers
      Screenwriter
      George Baxt
      Production Co
      Lynx Films
      Genre
      Horror
      Original Language
      English (United Kingdom)
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Apr 1, 2018
      Runtime
      1h 29m
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