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"Meet Darren. He's sixteen going on immortal."

Teenager Steve Leonard wants to run away and join the circus, when he discovers that one of the performers in the traveling side show, Cirque du Freak, is actually a vampire. But undead Larten Crepsley doesn't think Steve has what it takes to be a member of his blood-thirsty clan. Unbeknownst to Steve, his friend Darren has stolen something from Crepsley, something dangerous, and now Darren finds himself making a deal with the vampire in order to save Steve's life. Darren will become Crepsley's apprentice, a half vampire, and join the Cirque; ultimately, stealing Steve's chance of leaving his hateful life behind.

Faking his death and cutting all ties to his family and friends, Darren must learn the skills he needs to become a vampire and acclimate to a new life as a "freak." He gains a new family in a world of vampires, snake boys, and monkey girls. However, leaving home comes at a price and sometimes loosing friends means making enemies.

There are forces much more dangerous than Darren knew of when he made his deal and now he must fight to protect his family and try to save his friend Steve from a new threat. Mr. Tiny, a mysterious big wig who is followed around by mysterious gremlin-like minions, has taken an interest in the destinies of both Darren and Steve and he too is willing to make a deal. Meanwhile, the clans of Vampaneze and Vampires are on the brink of war and the choices made by Darren and Steve may decide more than the fate of their friendship.

This film is a fantasy drama with dark humor based on the carnival culture of the late 19th and early 20th century. Directed by Paul Weitz, this film based on the Vampire Blood book series The Saga of Darren Shan by the author Darren Shan, stars John C. Reilly as Crepsley, Ken Watanabe, Josh Hutcherson as Steve Leonard, Chris Massoglia as Darren Shan, and features Salma Hayek, Orlando Jones, and Willem Dafoe.

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| 2009 | 1 hr 48 min | 5.9/10
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