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Bloodsucking Freaks (1976)

The Incredible Torture Show (original title)
Sardu, master of the Theatre of the Macabre, and his assistant Ralphus run a show in which, under the guise of 'magic', they torture and murder people in front of their audience. But what the punters see as a trick is actually real.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Seamus O'Brien ...
Sardu
Viju Krem ...
Natasha Di Natalie
Niles McMaster ...
Tom Maverick
Dan Fauci ...
Police Sgt. John Tucci
Alan Dellay ...
Creasy Silo
Ernie Pysher ...
Doctor
Luis De Jesus ...
Ralphus (as Louie de Jesus)
Helen Thompson ...
Sardu's Assistant - Curled Hair
Ellen Faison ...
Sardu's Assistant - Straight Hair (as Saiyanidi)
Carol Mara
Linda Small
Alphonso DeNoble ...
Middle Eastern White Slaver (as Alphonso)
Illa Howe ...
Girl on Guillotine
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Doctor's Compensation
Jenny Baxter ...
Electrically Shocked Girl (as Janis Beaver)
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In New York's Soho district, the master of ceremonies Sardu runs the Theater of the Macabre, which specializes in acts where people are tortured and dismembered. The audiences dismiss it as fakery but the gore is real. Behind the scenes, Sardu and his dwarf assistant Ralphus torture and mutilate women for their own pleasure, as well as sell girls they have abducted into slavery. When the critic Creasy Silo contemptuously dismisses the show, Sardu has him abducted and tortured. At the same time, Sardu also abducts the ballerina Natasha Di Natalie and determines to break her will in order to make her agree to perform in his new show. Written by JohnWaters

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3 November 1976 (USA)  »

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Blood Sucking Freaks  »

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Trivia

This film was effectively "banned" (not rated by MPAA at all) in the U.S. following protest by Women Against Pornography. See more »

Goofs

When Ralphus begins sawing the girl's hand off in the 'dismemberment' scene, the saw is to the inside of the shackle. When the camera view changes, the saw is to the outside of the shackle. See more »

Quotes

Master Sardu: Don't you dare ruin my dinner!
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Referenced in Rate It X (1986) See more »

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Unforgettable
10 November 1998 | by (North Bay, Ontario) – See all my reviews

It's VERY hard to believe that it has already been four years since I first saw this film. I vividly remember the non-stop tastelessness, the pathetic attempts at humour, the frequent gore, and of course, Ralphus, who is one of the most vile characters that I have ever seen in the movies. Yet, having said all that, I liked this movie. There are some scenes that are as funny as anything that you're ever likely to see...although in a SICK way. It isn't for the squeamish or the easily offended, but if you can appreciate low-budget trash for what it is, then you'll probably find that this movie is well worth your time.


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