John Landis on

Circus of Horrors

Released 1960
Distributor AIP

German actor Anton Diffring, who specialized in playing Nazis and sinister aristocrats, is the psychotic plastic surgeon who takes over a French circus and populates it with disfigured criminals whose faces he reconstructs. Director Sidney Hayers topped this a year later with “Burn Witch Burn”. The theme song “Look for a Star” became an unexpected pop hit in the Summer of 1960.

About John Landis

John Landis is the director of Animal HouseThe Blues Brothers, An American Werewolf In LondonTrading PlacesComing To America, Kentucky Fried MovieSpies Like UsThree Amigos!Into The Night and Michael Jackson’s Thriller, and the recent Burke and Hare for Ealing Studios,  among many other films and television shows. His documentary Mr. Warmth: The Don Rickles Project premiered on HBO and won an Emmy for Best Music, Comedy or Variety Special.  He is also the subject of noted film critic Giulia D’Agnolo Vallan’s recent book “John Landis” and his own book “Monsters in the Movies’ was published to critical and popular acclaim in 2012.