It would appear that "Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant" is doing pretty badly here. Hardly anyone has heard of the movie, never mind the Saga of Darren Shan books! My son (aged 10), who decided he wouldn't mind seeing the movie as a result of the posters at our local cinema complex, tells me that no-one in his year has seen it, and only one other boy seems to have heard of it! The film came out about a couple of weeks ago, so we saw it at the soonest opportunity (Saturday after the beginning of the 'movie week', Thursday), and both of us loved it! Such fun, especially coming out relatively soon after "New Moon" - the campy nature of the production and the almost 'spoof' attitudes struck by JCR and WD were chuckle-worthy. No glowing vampires and mooning, MOANing teenage girls in THIS flick!
I have never thought much about John C Reilly's acting ability before - I've only seen two of his movies previously and he didn't stand out, to me - but he was very good in this, even if his Crepsley was rather different to the Crepsley in the book. I personally think Willem Dafoe would have made a more appropriate Crepsley, given the description of both his physical look and emotional acting ability, but JCR did a great job interpreting the role. There's only so much an actor can do if the write isn't all that involved in the making of the movie (eg, JK Rowling is very involved in the HP films).
Anyhoo....given we are a movie-going family (we go a LOT) and see just about every movie trailer there is (unless it's MA- or R-rated - we don't attend those level of movies for obvious reasons), I was continually waiting for a CdF trailer - but none came! I had to rely on youtube.com for a sense of what it was going to be like - if I hadn't done that, we would have had no idea of the movie. Given it is a movie that is aimed at a couple of demographics that attend movies regularly - older children/teens and vampire movie-lovers - I would have thought advertising would be essential! Now, considering so many of the cast of CdF are 'names' and not exactly in wont of acting jobs, would they all be happy to reprise their CdF roles in a sequel that cannot depend upon the box office success of its predecessor? Would they be happy about a sequel that was destined straight for he DVD store?
I have read the first seven books (pretty light reading, took only around eight hours altogether), enjoy the saga so far, and my son wants to read them when he's done with the Percy Jackson series (now THAT'S a film that got plenty of advertising!), so he knows what happens to Darren 'for real' (ie, in the books). It is such a pity that Universal Pictures didn't ensure the advertising was sufficient to get people interested, as per most other movies aimed at kids/families here in Australia.