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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3 November 1976 (USA)  »

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Blood Sucking Freaks  »

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


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


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 »


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 Psychos in Love (1987) See more »

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This is one of the greatest exploitation movies ever!
6 April 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Extreme violence, graphic nudity, white slavery, a diabolical midget, forced ballet, imprisoned girls being caned on their bare arses; this movie has everything! How can this movie get such a low rating??? Any fan of John Water's "Pink Flamingos" or Troma movies such as "Mother's Day" or "Toxic Avenger" will find this movie to be a masterpiece! Yes, it is demented. Sure, it is in bad taste. Of course it is as sick as hell, but I love this movie. I have seen many movies that attempt to push the boundaries of decency, but this is the funniest one I have ever been privileged enough to view. Sure, you can get the nudity and violence in a film like Caligula or Ilsa, but this movie offers so much more. The humor is darker than a grizzly bears butt during new moon, but if you are as twisted as I am you will want to view this cinematic opus of insanity over and over again. I have watched it many times, and will watch it again many times in the future. When I have had a bad day, there is nothing like this farcical film about captive women being abused by a midget and a madman to cheer me up.

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