Anton Diffring rightly relishes his star role as Dr Rossiter, a demented plastic surgeon with a perverted passion for disfiguring women, who uses his day job as the springboard to moonlight as the boss of a circus starring his unfortunate patients.
Circus of Horrors also stars Yvonne Monlaur, Donald Pleasence, Jane Hylton, Conrad Phillips and Kenneth Griffith, heading a fine, intriguing cast.
The movie may not be entirely successful, but director Sidney Hayers’s bizarre 1960 British horror film is an intriguing, often surprisingly involving work from Anglo Amalgamated, the same company that financed Michael Powell’s simultaneously filmed Peeping Tom.
It is imaginatively written by George Baxt and neatly photographed in black and white by Douglas Slocombe, both of whom went on to work on the equally interesting The City of the Dead (1960).
Also in the cast are Erika Remberg, Yvonne Romain, Vanda Hudson, Colette Wilde, Vanda Hudson, Jack Gwillim [Jack Gwyllim] as Superintendent. Andrews, John Merivale, Chris Christian, Carla Challoner and Peter Swanwick.
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