History Main / CircusOfFear

3rd Dec '16 8:19:55 AM Lloigor
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Overnight, the circus came to town. But something's wrong -- ''very'' wrong. The [[RepulsiveRingmaster ringmaster]] is abusing the animals and performers, the circus music, which should be cheerful, [[CreepyCircusMusic seems menacing]]. The attractions (especially TheFreakShow) seem off, the cotton candy is a sickly shade of green, the [[KnifeThrowingAct knife thrower]] ''doesn't miss'', and the [[MonsterClown clowns]]... well, the less said about the clowns the better.

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Overnight, the circus came to town. But something's wrong -- ''very'' wrong. The [[RepulsiveRingmaster ringmaster]] is abusing the animals and performers, and the circus music, which should be cheerful, [[CreepyCircusMusic seems menacing]]. The attractions (especially TheFreakShow) seem off, the cotton candy is a sickly shade of green, the [[KnifeThrowingAct knife thrower]] ''doesn't miss'', and the [[MonsterClown clowns]]... well, the less said about the clowns the better.
23rd Nov '16 1:53:35 PM LadyJaneGrey
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* Sea Gate Amusement Park, a DLC level on ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamKnights''. (Seriously, sometimes one has to wonder why the Gotham zoning board even lets these things be built, seeing as the Joker always seems to turn them into nightmares). Simply getting to the place requires riding a rickety old cable car perched over a derelict oil rig. Why? Supposedly it was built by a now-deceased oil baron with a thing for monstrous fish, for his five year old daughter. But it was never opened because said daughter died, most likely because of the [[AdultFear dozens of lethally hazardous rides]] lying in wait for the heroes.
6th Nov '16 11:03:48 PM MadAnthony94
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* ''ComicBook/WolverineAndTheXMen'' featured Murder Circus. Home to a witch who worshipped longtime X-villain Azazel and stole the souls of children... and that was ''before'' it was taken over by none other than the Frankenstein monster, who had gone full-on KnightTemplar and was traveling the country looking for relatives of his creator to kill. Creepy attractions feature zombie clowns and a sideshow made of brainwashed X-Men.
30th Oct '16 12:57:48 AM ZombieAladdin
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* Downplayed in ''VideoGame/PaperMarioColorSplash'' with The Emerald Circus--it is a deathtrap, and the most potent one on Prism Island, but it's targeted largely at Mario, and any other targets are active and known allies of Mario. Nevertheless, from Mario's perspective, he has to face down firebreathing Dino-Rhinos and their trainers, Shy Guy acrobats who can dodge Mario's attacks, juggling Hammer Brothers on tightropes Mario cannot cross, and [[spoiler:Lemmy Koopa]], a StageMagician determined to make Mario "disappear" for good.
7th Oct '16 9:27:58 AM kyrtuck
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* ''ComicBook/TheGoon'' had in one issue, Brigadoon's Dreamland Carnival, operated and patronized entirely by deformed Circus Freaks, who killed normal people in deadly carnival games, in revenge for the mistreatment they siffered in their lives.
21st Sep '16 12:35:17 PM jamespolk
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* ''WesternAnimation/BearStory'': The animals are kidnapped from their homes and made slaves at a circus, driven by whip-cracking circus performers.
11th Sep '16 9:42:49 PM MrNickelodeon
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* [[Ride/UniversalStudios Universal's]] Theatre/HalloweenHorrorNights has done this plenty of times, most notably in 2007 with the "Carnival of Carnage" theme, where the event's main icon, Jack the Clown, rounds up his own band of sideshow freaks and creates a horribly demented midway. He would later do this horror carnival again in 2015, the event's 25th anniversary.
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10th Sep '16 1:24:02 PM DrNoPuma
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* ''Anime/ChargemanKen'': As the episode's title implies, the circus in "The Devil's Circus" is ''not'' a good one. It's actually [[spoiler:led by Jurals who disguise themselves as circus performers to kill Ken.]] At one point, they even unleash [[spoiler:the lions]] upon the audience!
2nd Sep '16 9:20:33 AM erforce
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* ''VideoGame/TimeSplitters 2'', features all kinds of nightmareish characters in the Circus of Fear theme, like cannibalistic clowns, saimese twins that are treated as separate characters by the game, and a lion tamer who brainwashed himself into becoming a lion.

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* ''VideoGame/TimeSplitters 2'', ''VideoGame/TimeSplitters2'', features all kinds of nightmareish characters in the Circus of Fear theme, like cannibalistic clowns, saimese siamese twins that are treated as separate characters by the game, and a lion tamer who brainwashed himself into becoming a lion.
27th Aug '16 5:11:37 PM nombretomado
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* ''Dumbo's Circus'', a popular puppet show on the DisneyChannel in the 1980s, had a HalloweenEpisode whose climax was the musical number "The Day the Spooky Circus Came to Town" (with a bass line, believe it or not, filched straight from Music/MichaelJackson's ''Music/{{Thriller}}''). Somewhat ironically, the {{Aesop}} of the episode was to teach kids to ''not'' be afraid of Halloween (or circuses, for that matter).

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* ''Dumbo's Circus'', a popular puppet show on the DisneyChannel Creator/DisneyChannel in the 1980s, had a HalloweenEpisode whose climax was the musical number "The Day the Spooky Circus Came to Town" (with a bass line, believe it or not, filched straight from Music/MichaelJackson's ''Music/{{Thriller}}''). Somewhat ironically, the {{Aesop}} of the episode was to teach kids to ''not'' be afraid of Halloween (or circuses, for that matter).
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