Berserk

1967

Horror / Mystery / Thriller

4
IMDb Rating 5.3 10 1766

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Uploaded By: FREEMAN
June 04, 2020 at 07:09 PM

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Cast

Michael Gough as Albert Dorando
Joan Crawford as Monica Rivers
Judy Geeson as Angela Rivers
Robert Hardy as Detective Supt. Brooks
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884.43 MB
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English 2.0
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23.976 fps
1 hr 36 min
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1.6 GB
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English 2.0
NR
23.976 fps
1 hr 36 min
P/S 1 / 5

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by Greensleeves 6 / 10

More bonkers than berserk!

It's very sad to see Joan Crawford reduced to appearing in this cheaply made and poorly written opus but she behaves like a STAR all the way through. Who else would have looked so good in a leotard at 62 years old? The film is set in a travelling circus (in reality the UK's Billy Smarts Circus, one of the best and biggest of its day)and much of the running time is taken up with showing the acts. As most UK circus acts are now animal free it's an interesting history lesson to see how these acts were actually presented. It's quite a breathtaking sight to watch a huge elephant step over half a dozen women prostrate on the floor and rather sad to see the lion tamer putting half a dozen snarling, growling beasts through their paces. Just look at Joans expression as she helps lead out the performing poodles though, she's loving every minute of it! We know that she had pet poodles of her own and she is really in her element here. The plot (what there is of it) doesn't bear too much scrutiny and the revelation of the killer and the motive are quite ridiculous. Also on the minus side of things are some poor performances - George Claydon in particular and a cringe-making musical comedy number which appears out of nowhere. There is also a hugely embarrassing scene with Crawford looking like an ancient ghost, wearing shoulder length hair and a neck high negligee, being romanced in her trailer by hunky Ty Hardin - she was 62 and he 37! On the plus side there are some great character actors appearing including the fabulous Diana Dors, Michael Gough, Ambrosine Phillpotts and Robert Hardy but only Diana Dors gives Crawford a run for her money. Overall this is still a fun film for Crawford fans but if you're going to watch it don't watch the trailer first as it shows every killing and even the death of the (supposed) murderer!

Reviewed by Aussie Stud 7 / 10

Joan Crawford is perfectly hilarious in this late 1960's 'thriller' where a psychopath wreaks havoc among a circus troupe.

Joan Crawford is the lone notable hi-light in this highly ridiculous yet entertaining popcorn fluff where a psychopath infiltrates and wreaks havoc upon a traveling circus troupe in Europe.

Joan Crawford portrays the owner and ring-master of the Circus, "The Great Rivers Circus" - she is a gutsy, feisty no-holds-barred woman who is hell-bent on running her circus while a murderer terrorizes her employees by offing their victims in bizarre fashions. For example, one tight rope walker is hanged by his own tight-rope after it frays and snaps during a live performance - another man has a pick driven through his head and a woman is literally 'sawed' in half in a hilarious scene that involves a buzz saw and two missing screws (!!).

Meanwhile, Crawford tries to capitalize on the murders by cashing in on the general public and their morbid fascination with death by making sure that the 'show must go on'. Box office receipts have never been better after the murders begin and the audience must wonder, is Crawford behind it all? Is this just some sick over-the-top publicity stunt?

Further characters introduced into the story line include a hot-shot tight-rope walker (Ty Hardin) who also plays her love interest and future business partner, a flirtatious blonde circus performer who tries to stir up trouble among her colleagues by implying that Crawford is the murderer and an incredibly ludicrous situation that allows the film to introduce Angela, Crawford's mischief-making daughter who has just been expelled from an exclusive ladies college for her disruptive behavior. Any of these key players including all the circus folk could turn out to be the murderer, but which one is it?

Crawford is perfectly cast in "BERSERK", in a highly camp role that could only have worked with no one else but her in it. Sporting a ridiculous blonde hairdo while wearing see-through night apparel and exposing her long legs while donning a ring master's outfit, she manages to nail down hilarious one liners such as, "That Matilda the Mouth!", and, "Just remember, I was the one who gave you all a home!" while at the same time, keeping a straight face. Her delivery of such is highly commendable.

Besides Crawford's performance, many other highly camp scenes also take place in the movie - including a cat fight scene that breaks out between two women after one heckles at the other, "Don't fall down - you might hurt your brain!", Crawford being stalked by a mysterious silhouette between a set of caravans(!), and the countless filler scenes involving actual circus out-takes of dancing poodles and high-wire acrobats using a 'love rocket' apparatus(!!).

The climatic conclusion of "BERSERK" is riotous. When the killer is revealed, laughter will ensue as their motives for murdering its victims come to light, followed by a scene where they dash outside the circus tent only to be conveniently struck by lightning(!)

Nothing in "BERSERK" quite makes sense, but it is actually a rather amusing film. Crawford never looked better in her twilight years - although she would finally succumb to starring in nothing other than this kind of trashy fare. Watching her being seduced by Ty Hardin is a notch below completely embarrassing, yet it is also at the same time completely hilarious. "BERSERK" is certainly among the dregs of misfired film projects, but it isn't as bad as say a matinee showing on "MYSTERY SCIENCE THEATER 3000".

Crawford fans should give "BERSERK" a gander - I think you will be pleasantly surprised!

My Rating - 6 out of 10

Reviewed by ricky_says_hi 8 / 10

Too bad every circus isn't like this

Now most people say this is a ridiculous and pretentious piece of clap-trap but they're wrong. This is considerably better than most crappy '80s period movies i've seen. Joan Crawford plays Monica Rivers, a sexy owner of The Great Rivers Circus who wastes no time in taking advantage of the publicity brought in by a string of murders - two of which happen during a performance - and falls under suspicion, all thanks to the loud-mouth Matilda (Diana Dors). She seems to fall apart with each tragedy and soon everyone - including her daughter (Judy Geeson), the cool-dude tightrope walker (Ty Harding) and the pompous manager (Michael Gough) - wonders if she's gone 'BERSERK'. Despite a few airy-fairy conversations and ludicrous puns, BERSERK is definitely a cult classic and should be seen if you've never been to a circus. It makes good use of suspense and you don't know who is getting it next.

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