Everybody loves the Circus. Whether you are a child or an adult, the Circus holds a bit of mystery and magic that makes it so much more than just a show with acts and dancing and animals. If you saw the Circus as a child, you will still have memories today of the awe and amazement with which you sat riveted to your seat. It was something that made you want to take your kids when they get old enough. That is probably why the Circus never goes away, and why there are still major shows all over the world. The Circus also makes a great subject for films. Either as a theme for the film itself, a scenic element for the action of the film, or just a place in which some of the action occurs. I have chosen a list of all the films that I think are the best, including the Circus as a theme, or as setting for the whole film or a few scenes. I made sure that these films don’t just happen to have a Circus included, but they rely on it for main plot-points or scenic elements. Some of these films are fun and comedic, and some take advantage of the stranger side of the Circus and are more in the line of the thriller of horror film. Take a look through these and see what you think.

#6 – Freakshow (2007)

Director: Drew Bell
Stars: Christopher Adamson, Rebekah Kochan, Dane Rosselli

In 1932, Tod Browning’s Freaks, startled audiences all over. Freakshow is a retelling of that first film. It tells the story of a group of criminals who decide to hide out with jobs at a circus. Then they decide on several schemes to steal money from the show. When a group of the freaks find out, the crooks kill their youngest member and the y vow vengeance against each member of the criminal team. The movie is graphic and very real in its portrayal of the sideshow and circus backstage life. There is a trailer to this film on YouTube that I purposely did not include here that is banned in 43 countries and requires an adult login.

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