MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 549 this week

Bloodsucking Freaks (1976)
"The Incredible Torture Show" (original title)

X  |   |  Comedy, Horror  |  3 November 1976 (USA)
4.8
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 4.8/10 from 3,940 users  
Reviews: 148 user | 63 critic

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.

Director:

Writer:

0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

$0.00 with Prime Instant Video

WATCH NOW

Family Entertainment Guide: IMDb on the Street

IMDb visited the Santa Monica Pier to ask families about their favorite movies from this summer, as well as their favorite all-time movies, TV shows, and characters.

See our Family Entertainment Guide

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 35 titles
created 03 Aug 2012
 
a list of 24 titles
created 30 Dec 2012
 
a list of 43 titles
created 01 Apr 2013
 
a list of 22 titles
created 16 Jul 2013
 
a list of 34 titles
created 10 months ago
 

Related Items

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Bloodsucking Freaks (1976)

Bloodsucking Freaks (1976) on IMDb 4.8/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Bloodsucking Freaks.

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Blood Bath (1976)
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.8/10 X  

The cast of a horror film go out for dinner with their director one night and they all exchange horror stories.

Director: Joel M. Reed
Stars: Harve Presnell, Jack Somack, Curt Dawson
Career Bed (1969)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

A mother is determined that her daughter will be a movie star, and will do anything--and have her daughter do anything--to make it happen.

Director: Joel M. Reed
Stars: Jennifer Welles, John Cardoza, Honey Hunter
Blood Feast (1963)
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5/10 X  

An Egyptian caterer kills various women in suburban Miami to use their body parts to bring to life a dormant Egyptian goddess, while an inept police detective try to track him down.

Director: Herschell Gordon Lewis
Stars: William Kerwin, Mal Arnold, Connie Mason
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

After being released from prison, a young gangster with a chip on his shoulder decides to punish society by making snuff films.

Director: Roger Watkins
Stars: Roger Watkins, Ken Fisher, Bill Schlageter
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

A group of hippies wreak havoc on a small town and a young boy, whose grandfather and sister were attacked by them, decides to get even, with deadly results.

Director: David E. Durston
Stars: Bhaskar Roy Chowdhury, Jadin Wong, Rhonda Fultz
Maniac Nurses (1990)
Action | Comedy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 2.3/10 X  

Bizzare, often perverse yarn about nurses in a metropolitan hospital who seduce then murder male patients.

Director: Léon Paul De Bruyn
Stars: Susanna Makay, Hajni Brown, Celia Farago
Mother's Day (1980)
Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

Three female friends on a camping trip are kidnapped by a pair of brothers, who take the women back to their home and brutalize them, all for the pleasure of their demented mother.

Director: Charles Kaufman
Stars: Tiana Pierce, Nancy Hendrickson, Deborah Luce
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

A TV talk-show hostess and her boyfriend investigate a shady magician whom has the ability to hypnotize and control the thoughts of people in order to stage gory on-stage illusions using his powers of mind bending.

Director: Herschell Gordon Lewis
Stars: Ray Sager, Judy Cler, Wayne Ratay
Comedy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

A New York taxi driver stalks a beautiful actress attending the Cannes Film Festival, which coincides with a series of violent killings of the lady's friends.

Director: David Winters
Stars: J'Len Winters, John Kelly, Joe Spinell
Slaughter Party (Video 2006)
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 2.7/10 X  

Porn legends Adam Glasser (Showtime's Family Business) and Ron Jeremy (Orgazmo) co-star with Felissa Rose (Sleepaway Camp) in this gutbusting horror comedy about a crazed killer midget!

Director: Fred Rosenberg
Stars: Tina Amantula, Mitchel Auman, Ford Austin
Snuff (1976)
Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 2.8/10 X  

A so-called "snuff" movie involving the exploits of a cult leader leading a gang of bikers in a series of supposedly real killings on film.

Directors: Michael Findlay, Horacio Fredriksson, and 1 more credit »
Stars: Margarita Amuchástegui, Tina Austin, Ana Carro
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.9/10 X  
Director: Ron Wertheim
Stars: Nikki Gentile, Carlo De Mejo, Viju Krem
Edit

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
...
Doctor's Compensation
Jenny Baxter ...
Electrically Shocked Girl (as Janis Beaver)
Edit

Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

Join The Fun!... Human Dart Boards... "Home Style Brain Surgery"... Dental Hijinks! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Horror

Certificate:

X | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

3 November 1976 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Blood Sucking Freaks  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (uncut) | (director's cut)

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

This film was largely shot at night from 12:00 a.m. to 6:00 a.m. 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

Tom Maverick: [while almost falling because he stepped on something] They shouldin't have stuff lying around, people could fall.
[picks up a severed head]
Tom Maverick: Ugh!
[drops the head]
Sergeant John Tucci: What's the matter Tom? Never got a little head before?
See more »

Connections

Referenced in Rocktober Blood (1984) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
89 minutes worth of amusing filth.
14 May 2012 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

"Bloodsucking Freaks", the alternate title for this sick bit of cinematic sleaze, is not that accurate since there's really only one blood sucking freak in this thing. "The Incredible Torture Show", now THAT'S a better summation of what goes on here. Seamus O'Brien plays Master Sardu, a master of the macabre who puts hapless victims through unspeakable acts of brutality, content to have his audience think it's all just special effects and trickery. He's assisted by the demented Ralphus (Luis De Jesus) and assorted other cretins, and abducts ballet dancer Natasha D'Natalie (Viju Krem) so that she can be a part of his theatrical antics; critic Creasy Silo (Alan Dellay) also becomes a part of the act. Meanwhile, Natasha's boyfriend Tom Maverick (Niles McMaster), a football player, tries to track her down with the help of a sleazy detective, John Tucci (Dan Fauci). Even knowing that "The Incredible Torture Show" is clearly made with its tongue in its cheek, it's obviously going to have a somewhat limited audience. Yet these hardcore exploitation devotees are likely to be satisfied with what they see here. There ain't much in the way of story, just a lot of nasty, nasty depravity (and enough female nudity to make some viewers VERY, VERY happy) that ultimately becomes a little numbing. Still, there are some undeniable highlights, as heads, feet & hands get severed, teeth get extracted, a lady is electrocuted, etc. One's gotta love that one "doctor" character (Ernie Pysher) who goes to great pains to torture one victim; this guy is such a nut that even Sardu and Ralphus think, "This guy's too crazy, even for us!" A strong indicator of this movie's tone is when good old Sardu is having a meal that's precariously balanced on the back of a babe who's obliged to play the role of table, yet humour is added when he snarls, "Don't you DARE ruin my dinner!" O'Brien gets into the grim and goofy Grand Guignol spirit of writer / director Joel M. Reed's concoction, hamming it up quite nicely, as does the diminutive De Jesus. Fun gore effects abound, and the cage full of naked wild women is a Hell of a nice touch. In the end, Reeds' sense of bravado has to be admired, as he goes just as far as he can. The result is a truly trashy bit of insanity certain to give its audience some appreciative chuckles. Seven out of 10.


2 of 2 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Worst movie i've ever seen humaddict
Brilliant! scott_dallas2001
Banned US filsm RicerBoi3
'Incredible Torture Show' version of the poster!!!! bradmill
Eli Roth is full of........ asylumsmashface
When Was This Movie Actually Made? autumndawn
Discuss Bloodsucking Freaks (1976) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?