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

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3 November 1976 (USA)  »

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Blood Sucking Freaks  »

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Trivia

According to director Joel M. Reed, the script was inspired by a real nude S&M ballet company and by the films Ilsa: She Wolf of the SS (1975) and Ilsa, Harem Keeper of the Oil Sheiks (1976). 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

Ralphus: Is she dead, master?
Master Sardu: Not quite.
Ralphus: If she died, no new show.
Master Sardu: I know, idiot.
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Referenced in Rocktober Blood (1984) See more »

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Reed certainly delivers!
14 August 1998 | by (Wisconsin) – See all my reviews

If you rent this cult classic, don't judge it on your first viewing. You MUST watch it 2 or more times before you can really appreciate it. Look past the blood and gore (although that's part of the fun) and see what really makes this film tick. The subtle (and sometimes not so subtle) humor make this worth watching over and over. Give BSF the benefit of the doubt! You will not be disappointed. (NOTE: The director, Joel M. Reed, is currently working on Bloodsucking Freaks 2: The School.)


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