Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant trailer online
The trailer for Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant has arrived online, and while the opening scenes begin to pick up a feeling of interest and excitement, the rest begins to drop like a stone and seems rather disappointing.
The film comes from Paul Weitz, Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist, and stars John C. Reilly, Ray Stevenson, Patrick Fugit, Salma Hayek and surprisingly Willem Dafoe and Ken Watanabe, and that's a promising cast indeed.
Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant tells the story of a rather old looking teenager who go to see a very strange freak show visiting town one night. It just so happens that the things they see are out of this world and they discover that the leader of the circus is in fact a vampire.
Of course this is the new breed of films where vampires are all changed round. They can go into light, they don't have fangs, aren't bad creatures, and only suck a little bit of blood before healing you and heading off.
Right, so less scary vampire, more leech or mosquito like. Great.
The plot seems rather convoluted, especially if you read that poorly written IMDB profile, which I think the film-makers should get on and rewrite immediately. However suffice to say it's about someone reluctantly agreeing to become a half vampire to save their friend, who stole something that he needed saving from by the vampire.
The trailer starts off well, but I have to say it quickly turns to some poorly delivered comic lines that don't hit the mark for me at all, and seem flat and take out all the promise and supernatural elements from the film.
Right now I'm less than interested, and that's a shame considering it starts off so well. Perhaps though, this is set to appeal to the standard Hollywood comedy crowd, or this trailer is just cut to do that. Maybe we'll see that the film has a lot more to offer than a parody of Twilight.