David Lee
October 22, 2009 at 04:00 AM EDT

Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG-13
runtime
109 minutes
Wide Release Date
10/23/09
performer
John C. Reilly, Willem Dafoe, Patrick Fugit, Salma Hayek
director
Paul Weitz
distributor
Universal
author
Brian Helgeland, Paul Weitz
genre
Action Adventure, Sci-fi and Fantasy
We gave it a D+

STARRING Chris Massoglia, John C. Reilly, Willem Dafoe
WRITTEN BY Paul Weitz, Brian Helgeland
DIRECTED BY Paul Weitz

These days, it’s hard to throw a stake without hitting a vampire somewhere. Based on the second novel in Darren Shan’s young-adult series, the fantasy follows a teen (Chris Massoglia) who tries to save the life of his best friend (Josh Hutcherson) by making a deal to become the lackey of a vampire (John C. Reilly). Only thing is, he has to become half a vampire himself. The film features other fantastical characters as well, such as a giant spider, a limb regenerator (Jane Krakowski), and a bearded lady (Salma Hayek). ”As kids, my brother and I were Lord of the Rings freaks and Dungeons & Dragons players,” says director/co-writer Paul Weitz (About a Boy). ”That part of the film was dear to my heart.”

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