This is a news item that truthfully doesn’t need a very dramatic or massively exaggerated introduction, but Magnet have recently released the poster art for Alex de la Iglesias’ “The Last Circus“. Spanish director Iglesias may be best known to the Varied Celluloid audience for his 1995 title The Day of the Beast which blew away all preconceived notions of genre archetypes and set itself up as a fan favorite amongst cult film enthusiasts. His most recent feature film was the English language 2008 thriller The Oxford Murders starring Elijah Wood and John Hurt. Iglesias looks to take another trip into the surreal with “The Last Circus“, as this new poster from Magnet looks to suggest. Take a look, read the synopsis, check out the YouTube trailer and of course make sure to check out the Facebook page!

1937, Spain is in the midst of the brutal Spanish Civil War. A “Happy” circus clown is interrupted mid-performance and forcibly recruited by a militia. Still in his costume, he is handed a machete and led into battle against National soldiers, where he single handedly massacres an entire platoon. This absurd and disturbing scenario raises the curtain on a twisted tale of love, revenge, and psychopathic clowns that could only spring from the mind of filmmaker Álex de la Iglesia

Fast forward to 1973, the tail end of the Franco regime. Javier, the son of the clown, dreams of following in his father’s career footsteps, but has seen too much tragedy in his life – he’s simply not funny and is only equipped to play the role of the Sad Clown. He finds work in a circus where he befriends an outlandish cast of characters, but as the Sad Clown he must take the abuse of the brutish Happy Clown Sergio, who humiliates Javier daily in the name of entertainment.

It is here that he meets Natalia, a gorgeous acrobat, and abused wife of Sergio. Javier falls deeply in love with Natalia and tries to rescue her from her cruel and violent husband, unleashing Sergio’s jealousy. But Natalia is torn between her affection towards Javier and her lust for Sergio.

With neither man willing to back down, this twisted love triangle evolves into a ferocious battle between Sad Clown and Happy Clown, escalating to unbelievable heights in this absurd, shocking, irreverent and unforgettable film.