Wall Street Journal - 10/30/2009
"[C]harmingly lurid....Douglas Slocombe did the elegant cinematography."
Description by OLDIES.com:
A deranged plastic surgeon (Anton Diffring) takes over a traveling circus then transforms horribly disfigured young women into ravishing beauties and forces them to perform in his three-ring extravaganza. But when the re-sculpted lovelies try to escape the clutches of the obsessed doctor, they begin to meet with sudden and horrific "accidents." Now the trapeze is swinging, the knives are flying, the wild animals are loose -- and 'The Grisliest Show On Earth' is about to begin!
Donald Pleasence (Halloween), Yvonne Monlaur (Brides Of Dracula) and Erika Remberg (The Lickerish Quartet) co-star in this notorious 1960 British cult classic that shocked audiences worldwide with its disturbing scenes of sexual perversity, sadism and violence.
After being drummed out of the medical profession, the brilliant plastic surgeon Dr. Goethe takes over a small travelling circus. Using his unique skills, the doctor transforms a number of disfigured women with criminal pasts into great beauties, and then blackmails them into performing in his circus. Any woman who attempts to leave meets with a horrible "accident," which draws the attention of Scotland Yard and leads to the doctor's downfall.
A plastic surgeon with the skill of a butcher is forced into hiding after one of his patients is horribly disfigured. He acquires a run-down circus, and amuses audiences with planned "accidents" in which performers are violently killed.
Cult Film |
Mad Doctor |
Theatrical Release |
Billy Smart's Circus was used to make "Circus of Horrors."
Additional cast: Vanda Hudson (as Magda), Colette Wilde (Evelyn Morley), John Merivale (Edward Finsbury), Carla Challoner (Nicole [child]), Chris Christian (Ringmaster), Sasha Coco (Luis), Jack Carson (Chief Eagle Eye), Malcolm Watson (Elderly Man), Kenneth Warren (1st Roustabout), and Fred Haggerty (2nd Roustabout).