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''Circus of Horrors'' is a 1960 British horror film directed by Sidney Hayers. It stars Anton Diffring, Yvonne Monlaur, Erika Remberg, Kenneth Griffith, Jane Hylton, Conrad Phillips, Yvonne Romain and Creator/DonaldPleasence.

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''Circus of Horrors'' is a 1960 British horror film directed by Sidney Hayers. It stars Anton Diffring, Creator/AntonDiffring, Yvonne Monlaur, Erika Remberg, Kenneth Griffith, Jane Hylton, Conrad Phillips, Yvonne Romain and Creator/DonaldPleasence.


This film was riffed for Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000's "Great Cheesy Movie Circus" tour.



* TheAlcoholic: Vanet is steadily drinking himself to death as his circus slowly dies around him.

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* TheAlcoholic: Vanet is steadily drinking himself to death as his circus slowly dies around him. [[spoiler:It's what leads to his death; he tries to drunkenly dance with a circus bear and winds up accidentally enraging it when he drops and shatters a wine glass, causing the shards to jam into its paws and sending it into a fury.]]



* ItsAllAboutMe: The only thing that Elsa cares about is being a star. She becomes consumed with envy any time another woman is billed higher than her, and does not care that Schüler is murdering women who try to leave, so long as she remains the star.

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* ItsAllAboutMe: The only thing that Elsa cares about is being a star. She becomes consumed with envy any time another woman is billed higher than her, and does not care that Schüler is murdering women who try to leave, so long as she remains the star. This drives the final act, where [[spoiler:his constant ignoring of her leads her to threaten to blackmail him to the authorities. After another murder job goes wrong, she tries to make good on her threat, which inadvertendly triggers the chase that leads to Schuler's ultimate death.]]


* EveryCarIsAPinto: When Dr. Rossiter's car runs off the road, it catches before it even collides with anything. Even more bizarrely, the fire seems to start in the back seat, rather than the engine or any of the other places one would expect a car to burst into flames.

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* EveryCarIsAPinto: When Dr. Rossiter's car runs off the road, it catches fire before it even collides with anything. Even more bizarrely, the fire seems to start in the back seat, rather than the engine or any of the other places one would expect a car to burst into flames.


* SelfSurgery: After his face is badly by a lion, Dr. Schüler has his assistants Martin and Angela operate on his face under a local anaesthetic so he can talk them through the procedure

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* SelfSurgery: After his face is badly clawed by a lion, Dr. Schüler has his assistants Martin and Angela operate on his face under a local anaesthetic so he can talk them through the procedure


* EveryCarIsAPinto: When Dr. Rossiter's runs off the road, it catches before it even collides with anything. Even more bizarrely, the fire seems to start in the back seat, rather than the engine or any of the other places one would expect a car to burst into flames.

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* EveryCarIsAPinto: When Dr. Rossiter's car runs off the road, it catches before it even collides with anything. Even more bizarrely, the fire seems to start in the back seat, rather than the engine or any of the other places one would expect a car to burst into flames.


* EverCarIsAPinto: When Dr. Rossiter's runs off the road, it catches before it even collides with anything. Even more bizarrely, the fire seems to start in the back seat, rather than the engine or any of the other places one would expect a car to burst into flames.

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* EverCarIsAPinto: EveryCarIsAPinto: When Dr. Rossiter's runs off the road, it catches before it even collides with anything. Even more bizarrely, the fire seems to start in the back seat, rather than the engine or any of the other places one would expect a car to burst into flames.

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* EverCarIsAPinto: When Dr. Rossiter's runs off the road, it catches before it even collides with anything. Even more bizarrely, the fire seems to start in the back seat, rather than the engine or any of the other places one would expect a car to burst into flames.


* RoadsideSurgery: Dr. Rossiter insists he can perform delicate facial surgery on the kitchen table of a circus caravan. As it turns out, he's right. Much later, he [[SelfSurgery guides Angela and Martin through performing a similar procedure on his own face]].

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* RoadsideSurgery: Dr. Rossiter insists he can perform delicate facial surgery on the kitchen table of a circus caravan. As it turns out, he's right. Much later, he [[SelfSurgery guides Angela and Martin through performing a similar procedure on his own face]].face]] in a similar location.

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* RoadsideSurgery: Dr. Rossiter insists he can perform delicate facial surgery on the kitchen table of a circus caravan. As it turns out, he's right. Much later, he [[SelfSurgery guides Angela and Martin through performing a similar procedure on his own face]].

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* {{Streetwalker}}: Elsa is a streetwalker when Rossiter first encounters her. The scar on her face and the ruthlessness with which she stabs her client and steals his wallet convinces him that she is perfect for his needs, and she becomes the first disfigured woman he recruits for the circus.


* SexySilhouette: When Inspector Ames is searching the circus for Nicole, he sees her silhouette going through her limbering up routine through the wall of of her tent.

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* SelfSurgery: After his face is badly by a lion, Dr. Schüler has his assistants Martin and Angela operate on his face under a local anaesthetic so he can talk them through the procedure
* SexySilhouette: When Inspector Ames is searching the circus for Nicole, he sees her silhouette going through her limbering up routine through projected on to the wall of of her tent.

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* BadPeopleAbuseAnimals: Dr. Schüler delights in goading the various animals in the circus by poking them with the crop he carries with at all times. This eventually comes back to bite him when he gets badly clawed.

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* RepulsiveRingmaster: Dr. Schüler is a MadDoctor who is running Schüler's Circus as a cover for his plastic surgery experiments. He is also needlessly cruel to the circus animals. It should be noted, however, that while Dr. Schüler is the owner and manager of the circus, he is not the ringmaster. The actual ringmaster is a decent fellow who is completely unaware of Schüler's nefarious activities.


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* TheAlcoholic: Vanet is steadily drinking himself to death as his circus slowly dies around him.

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