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One of the lower points of Joan Crawford's latter-day career curve (though nothing to compare with the later embarrassment of Trog!), this lurid, low-rent thriller nevertheless gives Crawford the opportunity to chew acres of scenery in a campy Marlene Dietrich-style get-up. She portrays the ringmaster of a cheesy traveling circus troupe whose stars are being whacked in a variety of flamboyant ways (many of which are depicted in the garish trailer, particularly Michael Gough's spike-in-the-head scene). Despite the exploitation potential in this lurid Grand Guignol scenario, this film is… More

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Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"This role actually seems to strangely mirror aspects of her own life, as chronicled in that kiss-and-tell autobiography by her adopted daughter."
‑ Lucius Gore, ESplatter
"It was watchable only because Joan still commands attention on the screen."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Not as funny as Trog, but it tries."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"Joan Crawford at the circus? Fans of camp can't go wrong."
‑ Christopher Smith, Bangor Daily News (Maine)
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