U.S.-based horror fans will be able to fill a major hole in the Hammer Films collections this holiday season when Synapse Films releases Vampire Circus on DVD.  Even better, fans around the world will get a chance for a high-def upgrade because they will also be releasing this title as a blu-ray disc.  Both incarnations will feature an array of special features masterminded by rising DVD-supplement star Daniel Griffith, with top genre journalists like Philip Nutman and Tim Lucas weighing in as well (Joe Dante, too!).  Read on for all big-top bloodletting details…

THE GREATEST BLOOD-SHOW ON EARTH!

A little girl is brutally slain by a vampire in a tiny 19th century Austrian village.  Seeking revenge, the townspeople invade the foreboding castle of Count Mitterhaus and kill him for the crime.  As the Count dies, he curses the villagers and vows that their children will all die so that he may someday return to life.

Fifteen years later, as the village is ravaged by the plague, a traveling circus comes to town and distracts the villagers from their current hardships.  Little do they know that their troubles are only beginning!  The circus is actually a troupe of shape-shifting vampires and, as the local children start disappearing, they realize the prophecy of the long dead Count is coming true.

Synapse Films is proud to present VAMPIRE CIRCUS, now available for the first time on home video in glorious 1080p high-definition and loaded with amazing extras you can really sink your teeth into!

BLOOD-CURDLING SPECIAL FEATURES INCLUDE:

–          THE BLOODIEST SHOW ON EARTH: Making Vampire Circus – An all-new documentary featuring interviews with writer/director Joe Dante, Hammer documentarian Ted Newsom, Video Watchdog editor/author Tim Lucas, author/film historian Philip Nutman, and actor David Prowse.

–          GALLERY OF GROTESQUERIES: A Brief History of Circus Horrors – A retrospective on circus/carnival themed horror productions.

–          VISITING THE HOUSE OF HAMMER: Britain’s Legendary Horror Magazine – A retrospective on the popular British horror/comic publication featuring author Philip Nutman.

–          VAMPIRE CIRCUS: Interactive Comic Book”- Featuring artwork by Brian Bolland.

–          POSTER AND STILLS GALLERY

–          ORIGINAL THEATRICAL TRAILER

BLU- RAY SPECIFICATIONS:

VIDEO: High-Definition 1080p Widescreen (1.66:1) Presentation / AVC Codec

AUDIO: DTS-HD MA English 2.0 Mono / DTS-HD MA Music & Effects Track

DVD SPECIFICATIONS:

VIDEO: Anamorphic Widescreen (1.66:1) Presentation

AUDIO Dolby Digital English 2.0 Mono / Dolby Digital Music & Effects Track

NOT RATED / 1972 / 87 MINS. / COLOR / 1.66:1 / 2.0 MONO / SFD0100

VAMPIRE CIRCUS

ITEM NUMBER: SFD0100

FILE UNDER: HORROR

SUGGESTED RETAIL PRICE: $29.95

STREET DATE: DECEMBER 14, 2010