15 years later and our little hamlet is enduring more problems. They have been quarantined. All roads leading in and out have been roadblocked for fears of the plague. To their surprise, a mysterious circus arrives. A gypsy woman, played by Adrienne Corri (Moon Zero Two) pictured above, is the ringmaster and features a black puma which changes into a man, mysterious twins (vampires), a tiger, chimpanzee, acrobats, and an ominous hall of mirrors. Then people start dying horrible deaths at the hands of vampires and hungry cats of prey. As the original posse which disposed of Mitterhaus begins dwindling, so do their children. Mueller must now protect his daughter Dora (Lynne Frederick). She is pure as the white snow. Ironically, Dora is portrayed by Ms. Frederick who was the world's most renown gold digger. She gained her fortune marrying men decades her elder, such as Peter Sellers and David Frost. Unfortunately she spent too much of that wealth on drugs and alcohol and departed this mortal coil before her 40th birthday.
As the sultry gypsy woman leads her circus in pursuit of dear Dora, Mueller realizes that he must kill all of the vampires. Killing anyone in their way, the vampires devour the children at Mueller's school and abduct Dora. With Mueller pursuing, they all meet at the ruins of Mitterhaus' castle. Here a bloody final battle will ensue but not before the true identity of the gypsy woman, and the true destiny of the Count are revealed. Horrors, overt and implied, are prevalent in this film. Also, very erotic scenes, including a circus act featuring a man with a whip and a nude snake woman, are included. Creepy and disturbing, with a generous amount of that classic red Hammer blood, "Vampire Circus" will not disappoint. Too erotic for 1974? Perhaps. Hammer's glory would only last another couple of years. For 2014? You be the judge.