VAMPIRE CIRCUS – A Look Back at 1972
Posted by Tom Stockman
Sep 6, 2012
The St. Louis Globe-Democrat is a monthly newspaper run by Steve DeBellis, a well know St. Louis historian, and it’s the largest one-man newspaper in the world. The concept of The Globe is that there is an old historic headline, then all the articles in that issue are written as though it’s the year that the headline is from. It’s an unusual concept but the paper is now in its 25th successful year! Steve and I collaborated last year on an all-Vincent Price issue of The Globe and I’ve been writing a regular movie-related column since. Since there is no on-line version of The Globe, I post all of my articles here at We Are Movie Geeks as well. In honor of the 40th anniversary of Blueberry Hill, the landmark St. Louis restaurant and music club that’s filled with pop culture memorabilia, this month’s St. Louis Globe-Democrat is written as if it’s 1972.
The popularity of Hammer horror films has begun began to decline and the British studio, struggling to maintain its place in the market, has recently made some adjustments with their series of vampire films. The gore and nudity quotient has been ramped up, overt lesbianism has been introduced, and the Christopher Lee Dracula series has even moved to contemporary London, all attempts to bring new ideas to the vampire genre. The latest from Hammer films is the oddity VAMPIRE CIRCUS, an eccentric film that mixes a traveling circus sideshow story with vampire lore, resulting a bizarre but original fantasy.