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Bloodsucking Freaks (1976)

The Incredible Torture Show (original title)
Unrated | | Comedy, 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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Joel M. Reed

Writer:

Joel M. Reed
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Seamus O'Brien ... Sardu
Viju Krem ... Natasha Di Natalie
Niles McMaster Niles McMaster ... Tom Maverick
Dan Fauci Dan Fauci ... Police Sgt. John Tucci
Alan Dellay ... Creasy Silo
Ernie Pysher Ernie Pysher ... Doctor
Luis De Jesus ... Ralphus (as Louie de Jesus)
Helen Thompson ... Sardu's Assistant - Curled Hair
Ellen Faison Ellen Faison ... Sardu's Assistant - Straight Hair (as Saiyanidi)
Carol Mara Carol Mara
Linda Small Linda Small
Alphonso DeNoble Alphonso DeNoble ... Middle Eastern White Slaver (as Alphonso)
Illa Howe Illa Howe ... Girl on Guillotine
Lynette Sheldon ... Doctor's Compensation
Jenny Baxter Jenny Baxter ... Electrically Shocked Girl (as Janis Beaver)
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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

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Taglines:

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

Genres:

Comedy | Horror

Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

Troma

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 November 1976 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Sardu, Master of the Screaming Virgins See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (uncut) | (director's cut)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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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 »

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Master Sardu: Her mouth shall make an interesting urinal!
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This is one of the greatest exploitation movies ever!
6 April 2006 | by dollpenguinSee 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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