A powerful Joan Crawford portrayal makes this film above average for the mystery/suspense genre. Despite some poor dialogue, Berserk remains a jolting film to this day, with kudos to Judy Geeson, Diana Dors and Robert Hardy. Some people do not care for the circus scenes, but I feel that they lend credibility to the proceedings. Best moments: Joan being stalked; Joan walking all over Diana Dors; the ending - a knockout!
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Berserk is a movie starring Joan Crawford, Ty Hardin, and Diana Dors. A scheming circus owner finds her authority challenged when the show is targeted by a vicious killer.
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Monica Rivers is the owner and ringmaster of a traveling circus, and she'll stop at nothing to draw bigger audiences. When a series of mysterious murders begins to occur and some of her performers die gruesomely, her profits soar. She hires high-wire walker Frank Hawkins, impressed by the handsome and muscular young man. They begin an affair which arouses her previous lover Durando's jealousy. When Durando is found dead shortly afterward, the other performers begin to take alarm, as a mysterious killer is obviously loose in their midst. Many suspect Monica herself of the killings, especially Matilda, who has set her sights on Monica's new lover. At this point, Monica's unruly, sixteen-year-old daughter Angela is expelled from school for being incorrigible, and Monica is forced to take her into the circus, allowing her to become the partner of knife-thrower Gustavo. Meanwhile, the dead bodies continue to pile up...
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Great flick for this genreReviewed bytoml-7Vote: 10/10
This is a strange movie on a lot of different levels. The basic premise is Monica Rivers owns a traveling circus, and in the first few moments of the flick her high wire star is murdered (inexplicably by the tightwire snapping and then hanging him-unbelievable). This gruesome death increases business so Monica is needless to say not to upset her star has gone to the big tent in the sky. There are several other wildly amusing murders and no one in the circus is safe. Is Monica the murderer or is she just an innocent victim, next on the list? The one and only Joan Crawford wildly overacts as the circus owner Monica Rivers. She chews up the scenery as she torments the poor, frightened circus performers. She looks pretty great in her Ringmaster's Costume, even at 63 she had fantastic legs, but it is stomach churning to see her love scenes with the hunky Ty Hardin who was young enough to be her son for God's sake!!!! The idea that any man would pick the aging Monica over the young and beautiful Matilda (sluttily played to perfection by Diana Dors)is just too hard to fathom. Joan was just too old to pull this off, yet somehow we are to believe that she has so much allure she can get any man she wants.
The circus scenes go on WAAAAAAAAAAY too long, endless scenes of leaping poodles and llamas running, etc. They should have spent the time used on these pointless scenes developing the storyline more. There could have been a great movie here, but it never quite comes together. Poor Joan had been reduced in her later years to playing the "Grand Guignol" and she does a fair job of it, but the material is just too weak. The color of the film is vibrant, and there are some creepy moments of Monica being stalked as she walks through the circus late at night, but the ending is just too sudden and too abrupt. It left me wanting to know more of why the killer did what they did. There are some great campy scenes as well, 2 women catfighting, Joan making out with the young lover, etc., but overall I would say this movie is for die hard Joan Crawford fans only.
Sigh? Sometimes the outcome of a movie viewing goes beyond being a mere "disappointment" or just "something you expected more from". Sometimes it actually HURTS to acknowledge that a certain title wasn't as great as you initially thought or hoped. For me, this was definitely the case with "Berserk!". I'm a sucker for British horror movies released during the 60's and 70's, I think a circus or carnival forms the absolute greatest setting to tell a sinister tale (just think of "Freaks", "Carnival of Souls" and "Santa Sangre") and I'm a huge fan of both Joan Crawford and Michael Gough. Taking into account all these positive omens, I honestly thought "Berskerk!" couldn't possibly go wrong, and yet it did. You know you're in trouble when the extended padding sequences, which actually don't contribute anything to the overall story, form the highlights of the film. That's like openly admitting to the viewer that the main story lines are too thin to fill up the entire playtime, or that they desperately need the padding in order to distract you from the incoherent and implausible plot. In "Berserk!" the padding footage serves both purposes. A lot of the circus acts, albeit impressive, are integrally shown (like an army of poodles performing neat tricks, elephant dancing, a lion tamer and a knife-throwing act) and the circus' freaks even sing an entire song from start to finish! "Berserk!" nevertheless opens splendidly, with the tense and gruesome death of a tightrope walker before the opening credits even roll over the screen. His death might just have been an unfortunate accident, but when a second and far more eminent member of the circus crew is murdered, Scotland Yard sends its finest agent along on the tour to Liverpool and London. The circus' owner and ringmaster Mrs. Monica Rivers (Joan Crawford wearing tights!) is a harsh and relentless business woman and it looks as if someone intends to put her traveling circus spectacle in a bad spotlight. The concept literally bursts with great potential and possibilities but the film quickly becomes a tedious, inane and totally illogical mess. After the second murder, nothing even remotely exciting happens for nearly 45 minutes and the screenplay loosely hangs together through weak dialogs and Crawford's naturally uncanny presence. The revelation of the killer's identity as well as his/her motivation is downright imbecilic, and you better not contemplate too much about how he/she was even capable of committing the vile crimes. The carnage should have been bloodier and more grotesque, even considering the limited budget and era of release, and the film totally lacks the mysterious and oddly unsettling ambiance of other contemporary circus-horror efforts. Director Jim O'Connelly also made the fantastically over-the-top demented horror gem "Tower of Evil" and, since both films are rather obscure, I recommend tracking down that one instead of "Berserk!".