Bloodsucking Freaks (1976) (DVD Review)
Directed By: Joel Reed
Starring: Seamus O’Brien, Viju Krem, Luis De Jesus
Rated: X/Region: 1/1X33/Number of disc: 1
Available from Troma
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.
This is a film that seems to be ahead of its time in the torture porn sub-genre. Going by the date it may very well be the grandfather of that sub-genre. The characters here are entertaining for what they are, they seem to have their own little gimmicks and that helps. The plot alone seems a little tossed together, but a film like this isn’t meant to give you a grade A plot, odds are it is just meant to shock and I’m sure that back in 1976 it did just that. Today I found that it did still have some somewhat shocking moments, so that just goes to show how far Joel Reed went.
And this is a film that does pack the gore for all you gore fans out there. Given the time of the film some effects are a little cheesy and fake looking, but the film still has some that works really well and really brings home the gross factor with what it is attempting to do. Some people find the movie to be a bit of a satire and I can see their point of view. If you don’t want to look that close into it and just enjoy it for the wild and craziness it has in it you can do that too. It is what it is overall, it isn’t the greatest film you’ll ever see, but it does have some fun moments and gore.
– Introduction by Lloyd Kaufman
– Audio Commentary by Eli Roth
– Tour of Troma
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– Eli Roth: Interviews with Cast and Crew
– Radiation March
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– Public Service Announcement 2
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