Berserk (1967)

35mm film, Technicolor

An American/British horror film directed by Jim O'Connolly.

Plot Summary

Monica Rivers runs a small travelling circus which is struck by a series of brutal killings. Monica loves the publicity the killings attract, but is she the culprit?


Directed by: Jim O'Connolly
© 1967 Herman Cohen Productions Ltd.
Columbia Pictures Corporation presents a Herman Cohen production
Produced by: Herman Cohen
Associate Producer: Robert Sterne
Original Story and Screenplay by: Aben Kandel and Herman Cohen
Director of Photography: Desmond Dickinson
Film Editor: Raymond Poulton
Music Composed and Conducted by: Patrick John Scott
Sound Mixer: Bert Ross
Costumes: Jay Hutchinson Scott
Makeup: George Partleton
Hairdresser: Pearl Tipaldi
Art Director: Maurice Pelling
Made at Shepperton Studios, England and on location at The Billy Smart Circus

Joan Crawford (Monica Rivers)
Ty Hardin (Frank Hawkins)
Diana Dors (Matilda)
Michael Gough (Dorando)
Judy Geeson (Angela Rivers)
Robert Hardy (Detective Superintendent Brooks)
Geoffrey Keen (Commissioner Dalby)
Sidney Tafler (Harrison Liston)
George Claydon (Bruno)
Philip Madoc (Lazlo)
Ambrosine Phillpotts (Miss Burrows)
Peter Burton (Gustavo)
Thomas Cimarro (Gaspar)
Golda Casimir (bearded lady)
Ted Lune (skeleton man)
Milton Reid (strong man)
Marianne Stone (Wanda)
Miki Iveria (gypsy fortune-teller)
Howard Goorney (Emil)
Reginald Marsh (Sergeant Hutchins)
Bryan Pringle (Constable Bradford)

Alternative Titles

Il cerchio di sangue – Italian title
Circus of Blood – working title
Circus of Terror



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