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Blood Sucking Freaks (Bloodsucking Freaks)

Blood Sucking Freaks (Bloodsucking Freaks) (1978)

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Release Date: Jan 1, 1978 Wide

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Joel M. Reed directed this notorious cult-horror comedy, which was the center of impassioned protests by Women Against Pornography. Seamus O'Brien stars as the epicene Sardu, who stages Grand Guignol torture performances at a downtown New York club. What the amazed audiences don't know is that the performances are real, using kidnapped victims who are kept in cages, mutilated, and later sold into white slavery by Sardu and his cackling dwarf assistant, Ralphus (Luis De Jesus). Sardu finally goes

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Horror, Comedy

Joel M. Reed

Jul 12, 1998

Troma

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The point of this crappy exploitation film is to be revolting, and if you're not revolted by it you might be a sicko.

June 12, 2014 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Exists in that disconcerting crossroads of loathsome exploitation and annihilating art

November 15, 2009 Full Review Source: CinePassion
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If you enjoy watching this movie, I honestly don't want to know you.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com
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Audience Reviews for Blood Sucking Freaks (Bloodsucking Freaks)

A sadist who puts on a Grand Guignol off-off-Broadway show as a cover for his white slavery ring kidnaps a theater critic and a ballerina to design his greatest production yet; the plot is just an excuse to show naked women humiliated, tortured and killed. It's a comedy aimed at two groups: those who get aroused by seeing females gruesomely killed, and those who take pride in their capacity to laugh at human suffering.
February 17, 2013
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Greg S

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This movie wasn't at all what I expected from the title, there wasn't any bloodsucking, but everyone in the movie was a freak. Overall this movie is pointless, it's barely got a plot, and really it's more of a series of people being tortured by freaks. I would advise people to stay away from this movie unless you enjoy pointless torture movies.
January 6, 2011
ajv2688

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Blood Sucking Freaks is often considered an exploitation classic, and is one of the select few Troma films to receive a reputation anything like that. It's not hard to see why this film is so well revered among fans of wayward cinema - the gore is disgusting, the torture scenes are extended and make for highly unpleasant viewing and there's an extremely misogynistic tone running throughout the film; something that is very popular with many fans of this sort of cinema. I definitely consider myself an exploitation fan, but I'm only going to rate this film as a must see for people like me; as in it's own right, Blood Sucking Freaks really isn't all that good. The film reminded me a lot of a HG Lewis movie, and the plot seems to take some influence from the "classic", The Wizard of Gore, as it follows a stage act. The stage act here concerns S&M and torture, and the "magician" at the centre achieves his realistic effects through actually killing his actors on stage while his crowd watch. Furthermore, the girls are put to use again for his own sick pleasure, and he has a cage full of rabid, meat-eating naked women in his basement...

The main problem with this film as far as I'm concerned is that it gets too caught up in the sadistic acts and the plot doesn't move fast enough, so after a while it starts to get boring. Director Joel M. Reed clearly has an eye for nasty torture, however, as this film features some of the sickest sequences I've ever seen; chief among them being the guillotine scene, and the part where someone drills a hole in someone's head and proceeds to suck out their brains with a straw! Seamus O'Brien is the lead actor, and it's not surprising that this was one of only two roles for him. His acting is campy and silly, and I really couldn't see him fitting into any other kind of film...which is both praise and a criticism. The locations and special effects all look very cheap, and it's clear that this film was shot on a very low budget; but this grittiness creates a very unclean atmosphere, which helps the film overall as it bodes very well with the nastiness of the action on display. Overall, Blood Sucking Freaks isn't exactly a classic film for my money - but it is mandatory viewing for exploit fans.
November 17, 2010
matertenebraum

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Tries to be artsy on it's violence and the audience of this type of movies, but ends up being a misogyny orgy, where in each section women are used for all sorts of perversions the guys who made this had in mind. Pathetic. Not a single Blood Sucking Freak can be found inside as well.
January 20, 2014
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Francisco Godinho

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