CIRCUS KANE (2017) Reviews and overview

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‘Let the games begin’

Circus Kane is a 2017 American horror feature film co-produced and directed by Christopher Douglas Olen-Ray (Shark WeekMega Shark vs. Kolossus2-Headed Shark Attack) from a screenplay by James Cullen Bressack (To Jennifer; Pernicious; Blood Lake) and Zack Ward (The Terror; Bethany; Restoration), based on a story by Sean Sellars.


A reclusive circus master invites a group of social media stars to his house of haunts. Anyone who can make it out before being scared into submission will earn $250,000 – but the stars soon learn they are not only competing for money, they are also fighting for their lives…


“The references to classic movies run riot throughout the movie and it’s almost a game in itself to spot each and every reference throughout. I think that may be the only thing that would encourage me to watch this film for a second time. Beautiful visual style and cinematography save the piece, in addition to cool and inventive kills.” Back to the Movies

” …the sets for Kane’s house, which should have been a freakish highlight, look like a high-school attempt to produce a haunted house ride and are utterly unconvincing at suggesting any atmosphere. For all its promising that we are going through the ultimate carnival ride, the film is without atmosphere or anything in the way of horrific impact.” Moria 

“Ray crafts a gripping and haunting exercise. It is one that is augmented by its welcome attempt to understand the inner-mechanisms of the nefarious Kane […] This leads to both a tense climax and a smirk-inducing finale. The result is a B-movie gem.” A Word of Dreams

“Some of the highlight kills involved a room full of barbwire, and another with a room full of jack-in-the-boxes. Once the movie gets to the final bloody showdown, I was loving the cheesy horror goodness that was Balthazar Kane, he was quite the entertainer with his diabolical plan!” Tn Horror News


Main cast and characters:

Jonathan Lipnicki … Scott – Damn Sea VampiresThe Little Vampire
Tim Abell … Balthazar Kane
Richard Moll … Pale Man
Mark Christopher Lawrence … Billy – Blood Lake; Cooties; Halloween II
Victoria Konefal … Tracy
Nicole Arianna Fox … Carrie
Ted Monte … Big Ed
Cameron Jebo … Greg
Sinjin Rosa … Jake
Erin Micklow … Roxy
Bill Voorhees … The Clown
Paul Logan … Valentine
Weston Cage Coppola … Doorman (as Weston Cage)
Scott Thomas Reynolds … Clown Henchman
James Cullen Bressack … Customer
Kevin Yarbrough … Detective Lemar
Angelina Capozzoli … Travis
Jonathan Nation … Sammy
Howie Walfish … Homeless man
Mike Capes … Detective Sanders
Rigo Obezo … Policeman #2
Mike J. Putnam … Policeman
Lucas Swallow … Fascist Geek
Ellen Michelle Monohan … Girlfriend
Mike Jerome Putnam … Officer Hamilton

Technical credits:

88 minutes
Aspect ratio: 1.78: 1


In the USA, Uncork’d Entertainment released Circus Kane on DVD on October 10, 2017.

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