Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant

Rated PG-13 109 minutes 2009

An upstanding kid (Chris Massoglia) goes to a freak show one night and winds up a half-vampire soon thereafter, traveling around with a 200-year-old bloodsucker (John C. Reilly). His best friend (Josh Hutcherson) gets mixed up with some nastier types, and a bunch of nonsense leads to a final vampire confrontation. Reilly is miscast, but he makes the best of it as a grouchy but somewhat kind vampire who doesn’t kill for blood. The biggest problem here is that Massoglia is quite dull, and much of the picture rests on his back. He lacks charisma, and the movie is a long slog as a result. While this is supposed to be the first film in a series, it tanked on its opening weekend, possibly killing future installments.

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Director: Paul Weitz

Producer: Lauren Shuler Donner, Paul Weitz, Ewan Leslie, Courtney Pledger, Sarah Radclyffe, Andrew Miano, Dan Kolsrud, Kerry Kohansky and Rodney Liber

Cast: John C. Reilly, Ken Watanabe, Josh Hutcherson, Chris Massoglia, Ray Stevenson, Patrick Fugit, Willem Dafoe, Salma Hayek, Michael Cerveris, Frankie Faison, Jane Krakowski, Orlando Jones, Kristen Schaal, Don McManus, Colleen Camp, Morgan Saylor and Jessica Carlson

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