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Blu-Ray Review: ‘Cirque du Freak: The Vampire’s Assistant’ Totally Sucks

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CHICAGO – It’s now official: the Weitz brothers have proven that they are the wrong people to make vampire movies. While Chris got tangled in the turgid melodrama of “Twilight: New Moon,” Paul tried to inject irreverent humor into the first installment of another gloomy franchise, based on Darren O’Shaughnessy’s book series detailing the adventures of adolescent vampire Darren Shan.

‘Cirque du Freak: The Vampire’s Assistant’ With John C. Reilly Not Freaky Enough

CHICAGO – For everything that Paul Weitz’s “Cirque du Freak: The Vampire’s Assistant” does right, there’s something about the film that just doesn’t work.

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