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Terror Circus (1974)

Nightmare Circus (original title)
R | | Horror | August 1974 (USA)
Three showgirls on their way to Las Vegas have car trouble and are stuck all night out in the desert. The next morning cheerful Andre offers them help in fixing their car. However, Andre is... See full summary »

Director:

Alan Rudolph

Writers:

Jerald Cormier (story) (as Gerald Cormier), Roman Valenti (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Andrew Prine ... Andre
Manuela Thiess ... Simone (as Manuella Thiess)
Sherry Alberoni ... Sheri
Gyl Roland Gyl Roland ... Corrine
Sheila Bromley ... Mrs. Baynes (as Shiela Bromley)
Gil Lamb ... Mr. Alvarez
Al Cormier Al Cormier ... Sheriff Stanford
Chuck Niles Chuck Niles ... Derek Moore
Jennifer Ashley Jennifer Ashley ... Flower Child
Laura Campbell Laura Campbell ... Laura
Sonja Dunson Sonja Dunson ... Sonja
Karen Fredrik Karen Fredrik ... Karene (as Karene Fredrik)
Lin Henson Lin Henson ... Lin
Jolene Lontere Jolene Lontere ... Crazy Girl
Jeane Manson ... Jean (as Jean Manson)
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Storyline

Three showgirls on their way to Las Vegas have car trouble and are stuck all night out in the desert. The next morning cheerful Andre offers them help in fixing their car. However, Andre is really a maniac with a lot of family problems; his mother ran out on him when he was a child so now he keeps kidnapped women chained up in his barn and trains them to perform circus tricks. Andre's father is still around of course, but because the old homestead is next to a nuclear test site he has been transformed into a raving homicidal mutant that Andre keeps locked up in a shed. Written by Jeremy Lunt <durlinlunt@acadia.net>

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Captive young girls... chained... abused... by a Madman!

Genres:

Horror

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

August 1974 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Barn of the Naked Dead See more »

Filming Locations:

Palmdale, California, USA See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

CMC Pictures Corp. See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Gil Lamb only worked for one day on this movie. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Deadly Eyes: An Interview with Allan Apone (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

Evil Eyes
by Tommy Vig, Harvey Siders, Chuck Niles
Sung by Pamela Miller
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Siskel and Ebert's favorite director's first effort!
23 April 1999 | by Serpent-5See all my reviews

Played in Seattle as TERROR CIRCUS in 1980 (!) as a bottom half of a double billing with MOTEL HELL. This film is just sick and boring at the same time. A car full of girls takes a short cut to Vegas and get stranded in the desert, only to be prisoners to a madman (Andrew Prine, who is really good in this film). The film has a bad theme song, sloppy editing, a creature who lives in a shack, and whipping girls like animals. The film is made by Alan Rudolph, who now makes art house films. Many of you might see this film and say, it can't be the same guy who made this, but it is. He also made ROADIE with meatloaf! The video print NIGHTMARE CIRCUS is grainy, and the title is video tacked in. I hear it played in most cities in the early 70's as BARN OF THE NAKED DEAD.


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