Nightmare Circus (1973)

35mm film, “color by Technicolor”, 1.85:1
mono, English

An American horror film directed by Alan Rudolph.

Plot Summary

Three showgirls on their way to Las Vegas are stranded when their car breaks down and are found by a maniac who kidnaps women, chains them up in his barn and trains them to perform circus tricks. In a a neigbouring shed he keeps his father who has been mutated into a hideous monster by leaks from the nearby nuclear test site.


Directed by: Alan Rudolph
© 1973 by C.M.C. Pictures Corp.
C.M.C. Pictures Corporation presents
Executive Producer: Shirlee F. Jamail
Produced by: Gerald Cormier
Associate Producer: Marvin Almeas
Production Manager: John Patrick Graham
Screenplay by: Roman Valenti
Story by: Gerald Cormier
Assistant Director: Eddie Markley
Script Supervisor: Tony Lanza
Director of Photography: E. Lynn
Gaffer: Bobby Jones
Best Boy: Brink Brydon
Key Grip: Ken Johnson
Still Photographer: Dan Dayton
Edited by: MK Productions, Inc.
Assistant Film Editor: Tom Penick
Music Composed and Conducted by: Tommy Vig
Sound Mixer: John Vincent
Boom Man: David Keith
Sound Effects and Music Editor: Frank A. Coe
Wardrobe: Allen Apone
Special Make-Up and Visual Effects Created by: Byrd Holland and Douglas White
Titles by: Westheimer Company
Art Director: Bill Conway
Property Master: Al Cormier
Assistant to the Producer: Joan Cormier
Filmed with Panavision equipment

Andrew Prine (Andre)
Manuella Thiess (Simone)
Sherry Alberoni (Sheri)
Gyl Roland (Corrine)
Sheila Bromley (Mrs Baynes)
Gil Lamb (Mr Alvarez)
Al Cormier (Sheriff Stanford)
Chuck Niles (Derek Moore)
Jennifer Ashley (flower child)
Laura Campbell (Laura)
Sonja Dunson (Sonja)
Karene Fredrik (Karene)
Lin Henson (Lin)
Jolene Lontere (crazy girl)
Jean Manson (Jean)
Leslie Oliver (Leslie)
Marlene Tracy (Marlene)
Byrd Holland (club manager)
Nick Archondo (1st deputy)
Billy Holmes (2nd deputy)
Bernie Schwartz (1st hunter)
Bill Conway (2nd hunter)
David Miller (highway patrolman)

Alternative Titles

Akuma no jokyoshi – Japan
Barn of the Naked Dead – USA (re-release)
Caged Woman II
– West Germany (video)
Terror Circus



  • Horror and Science Fiction Films II by Donald C. Willis p.390
  • Nightmare USA by Stephen Thrower pp.414-415; 516 – illustrated credits, review; note
  • Nuclear Movies: A Filmography by Mick Broderick p.81
  • by Walt Lee p.483 – credits
  • Video Dungeon: The Collected Reviews by Kim Newman p.424-425