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Bloodsucking Freaks (1976)

The Incredible Torture Show (original title)
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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 overview, first billed only:
Seamus O'Brien ...
Viju Krem ...
Natasha Di Natalie
Niles McMaster ...
Tom Maverick
Dan Fauci ...
Police Sgt. John Tucci
Alan Dellay ...
Creasy Silo
Ernie Pysher ...
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
Doctor's Compensation
Jenny Baxter ...
Electrically Shocked Girl (as Janis Beaver)


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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SARDU: he was the creator - the director - the master! See more »


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Release Date:

3 November 1976 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Blood Sucking Freaks  »

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1.85 : 1
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This film was largely shot at night from 12:00 a.m. to 6:00 a.m. See more »


During a conversation between Natasha and Tom - where he is in the bed and she is standing at a mirror - the sequence is made up of shots of Natalie at the mirror with Tom reflected in it. And shots of Tom on the bed. Tom swaps from one side of the bed to the other between shots. This was obviously done deliberately to keep Tom consistently on the left of the screen but it would have been less obvious if he didn't change his position in relation to the pile of books behind his head. See more »


Master Sardu: Well, how's our little patient today?
Natasha D'Natalie: I won't dance.
Master Sardu: Enough of that. Time to recoup your energy. Ralphus has made some chicken soup for you.
[feeding Natasha]
Master Sardu: There. He made it especially for you.
Natasha D'Natalie: Mmm.
Master Sardu: Delicious?
Ralphus: My mother taught me. I used the whole chicken. The secret is cooking it alive.
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Referenced in Maniac Nurses (1990) See more »

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A very unpleasant film!
1 May 2006 | by (Albuquerque New Mexico) – See all my reviews

The dastardly Master Sardu ( Seamus O'Brien) has made a special theater for adults that show torture and death in the grand guignol style to make his audience think the deaths on his shows are fake as a police sergeant is on the verge to find out the shocking truth about the shows.

Sickening, misogynistic and sleazy trash flick written and directed by Joel Reed and released by the infamous and popular low budget studio known as Troma, this movie is guaranteed to make you feel nauseated. When it was released in 1975 the film was attacked by women's groups as "woman hating filth" as they may be right but the movie became a midnight cult fave (ala, "Pink Flamingos" or "Rocky Horror Picture Show") and made a lot of people sick back then yet it still does as it's truly one of the most disturbing movies i've ever seen, the movie isn't one to defend and will offend anyone who watches it.

Also recommended: " Men Behind The Sun", " Cannibal Ferox", " Mountain of the Cannibal God", "Jungle Holocaust" ( a.k.a. Last Cannibal World)", "Man from Deep River", " Caligula", "Pink Flamingos", "Blue Velvet", "A Clockwork Orange", " I Spit on Your Grave", "Maniac ( 1980)", "High Tension", "Eaten Alive! ( 1980)", " Re-Animator", "Evil Dead II", "The Toxic Avenger", " Cannibal Holocaust", " Day of the Dead", " Pink Flamingos", "Beyond The Dark ( a.k.a Buio Omega)", " Basket Case", "Suspiria", " Tenebre", " The New York Ripper", " Hostel", " The Texas Chainsaw Chainsaw series and 2003 remake", " Fight Club", "Natural Born Killers", "Troma's War", " Se7en", " Ichi The Killer", "Urotsukidoji: Legend of the Overfiend", " Riki-OH: The Story of Ricky", " Last House on The Left", "Mother's Day".

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