CIRCUS OF FEAR/FIVE GOLDEN DRAGONS REVIEWED
“Circus of Fear” follows Christopher Lee as a disfigured lion tamer/possible bank robber. A detective case at the circus is ripe for period piece hi-jinks. Klaus Kinski shows up as a heavy, but this really isn’t his film. Lee battles with Leo Genn, as each party tries to stay ahead of each other. The film was diced up for American release, but I don’t see how those initial audiences could’ve followed the film. This is a crime thriller that moves at a slow pace with everything onscreen playing a part in the final reveal. It’s lesser Lee and Kinski, but it works for cult audiences.
“Five Golden Dragons” is a movie that happened. Christopher Lee plays a gold masked criminal overlord that doesn’t show up until the final act of the film. Bob Cummings stumbles around as the American lead, as so many cult stars trot in and out of the film. Klaus Kinski’s hitman character is fun, but I’m not sure if he belonged in Five Golden Dragons. Kinski and his fellow hitmen just exist to push the plot further. While this film hit in the later Connery years, I can’t help but wonder why everyone didn’t try to spot check their espionage fiction. Oh well, it’s still fun.
- 1.66.1 1080p transfer (Circus of Fear), 2.35:1 1080p transfer (Five Golden Dragons)
- DTS-HD Mono
RELEASE DATE: 6/28/16
The Plot Thus Far
CIRCUS OF FEAR:
The Most Horrifying Syndicate Of Evil In History!
What begins as a daring daylight armored car heist on London’s Tower Bridge leads to a sinister circus where a disfigured lion tamer (Christopher Lee) is one of several suspects in a three-ring nightmare of red herrings, grisly ‘accidents’ and cold-blooded murder. Klaus Kinski (VENOM), Suzy Kendall (BIRD WITH THE CRYSTAL PLUMAGE), Margaret Lee (FIVE GOLDEN DRAGONS) and Leo Genn (THE BLOODY JUDGE) co-star in this gripping thriller directed by John Moxey (HORROR HOTEL, THE NIGHT STALKER) and based on a novel by legendary mystery writer Edgar Wallace.
Originally released in America as PSYCHO-CIRCUS in black & white and cut by more than 22 minutes, Blue Underground has now restored the film to its full running time. Presented in a stunning new 2K High Definition transfer from the original British color negative, this is CIRCUS OF FEAR as you’ve truly never seen it before!
* Audio Commentary with Director John Moxey
* Theatrical Trailers
* Poster & Still Gallery
FIVE GOLDEN DRAGONS:
Girls! Gold! Intrigue!
After arriving in Hong Kong, wealthy American playboy Bob Mitchell is the recipient of a strange note found on the body of a dead man. A clue to an illegal gold-trafficking operation, Mitchell is unwittingly thrust into a deadly power struggle between a secretive global crime syndicate and brutal local mobsters. Can he survive long enough to unmask the mysterious FIVE GOLDEN DRAGONS?
An international all-star cast including Bob Cummings (DIAL M FOR MURDER), Margaret Lee (THE BLOODY JUDGE), Rupert Davies (WITCHFINDER GENERAL), Klaus Kinski (FITZCARRALDO), Maria Rohm (EUGENIE), Maria Perschy (THE GHOST GALLEON), Brian Donlevy (HANGMEN ALSO DIE), Dan Duryea (WINCHESTER ’73), George Raft (SOME LIKE IT HOT) and Christopher Lee (COUNT DRACULA) star in this thrilling mystery from producer Harry Alan Towers (VENUS IN FURS) and director Jeremy Summers (VENGEANCE OF FU MANCHU). Based on a story by legendary author Edgar Wallace, FIVE GOLDEN DRAGONS has been newly remastered in High Definition from the original uncut negative for its U.S. home video debut!
* Theatrical Trailer
* Poster & Still Gallery