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

 -  Horror  -  3 November 1976 (USA)
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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

Cast overview, first billed only:
Seamus O'Brien ...
Sardu
Luis De Jesus ...
Ralphus (as Louie de Jesus)
Viju Krem ...
Natasha Di Natalie
Niles McMaster ...
Tom Maverick
Alan Dellay ...
Creasy Silo
Dan Fauci ...
Police Sgt. John Tucci
Helen Thompson ...
Sardu's Assistant - Curled Hair
Ellen Faison ...
Sardu's Assistant - Straight Hair (as Saiyanidi)
Ernie Pysher ...
Doctor
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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Joel M. Reed wrote the script in one day. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

[torturing a girl on the rack]
Master Sardu: This will go far beyond every STRETCH of the imagination.
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Referenced in The Cinema Snob: Pink Flamingos (2011) 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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