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Tired of Teenage Vampire Movies?

By Dustin Rowles | Trailers | August 6, 2009 |

By Dustin Rowles | Trailers | August 6, 2009 |

Below we have the trailer for Cirque du Freak:The Vampire’s Assistant (a Moviefone exclusive!), which is another vampire movie, but this one is kind of different. It’s like The Karate Kid crossed with vampires. More importantly: No glitter.

It’s supposed to be a vampire comedy, but John C. Reilly notwithstanding, the trailer doesn’t really strike me as that funny. In fact, it even has a slight Afterschool special vibe to the production quality (why do we still use Afterschool specials as a frame of reference? How long has it been since anyone has seen one of those?)

There is a certain amusing irony to the movie. It comes from Paul Weitz, who directed both American Pie and About a Boy with his brother, Chris Weitz. They’ve apparently decided to split up and make their own movies now. Paul is making this one, while Chris, ironically, is making the Twilight sequel, New Moon. Their respective track records since the separation haven’t exactly been great (Paul is responsible for In Good Company and American Dreamz, while Chris directed Golden Compass), but dollars to donuts, Cirque du Freak: The Vampire’s Assistant is a better movie than New Moon, but will make about 10 percent of New Moon’s gross.

Here’s the logline, if you’re curious: A young boy named Darren Shan meets a mysterious man at a freak show who turns out to be a Vampire. After a series of events Darren must leave his normal life and go on the road with the Cirque Du Freak and become a Vampire.

And here’s the trailer (a Moviefone exclusive!):

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