|BLOODSUCKING FREAKS (aka: THE INCREDIBLE TORTURE SHOW) (director/writer: Joel M. Reed; cinematographer: Gerry Toll; editors: Joel R. Herson/Victor Kanefsky; music: Michael Sahl; cast: Seamus O’Brien (Sardu), Luis De Jesus (Ralphus), Viju Krem (Natasha de Natalie), Dan Fauci (Sergeant John Tucci), Niles McMaster (Tom Maverick), Alan Dellay (Cresey Sielow), Ernie Pysher (The Doctor), Saiyanidi & Helen Thompson (Sardu’s Assistants); Runtime: 91; MPAA Rating: NR; producer: Alan C. Margolin; Troma; 1976)|
|"The point of this crappy
exploitation film is to be revolting, and if
you're not revolted by it you might be a sicko."
by Dennis Schwartz
you will, a horror gore cult classic, created for
viewers with a predilection for trash.
Director-writer Joel M. Reed ("Night
of the Zombies"/"Blood Bath"/"G.I. Executioner") keeps
it crass, grindhouse proper and
torturous. The actors give uninteresting wooden
performances, while the splatter story is poorly
accomplished and the weirdo tale of cannibalism and an
act of brain sucking seem nothing more than depraved
entertainment. The point of this crappy exploitation
film is to be revolting, and if you're not revolted by
it you might be a sicko.
York's SoHo neighborhood, a third-rate oddball stage
magician, Sardu (Seamus O’Brien),
runs the Theater of the Macabre. The entertainment
includes various acts where nude women are tortured
onstage. They were kidnapped in a van and drugged. The
audience acts either disapproving or applauds the
depravity. Though the audience assumes it's merely
acting, a peek behind the scenes reveals that the gore
is real as orchestrated by Sardu and his dwarf assistant Ralphus (Luis De Jesus).
The evil show biz folks torture and dismember the
women vics for their own pleasure, as well as run a
profitable 'white slavery' operation.
plot involves the kidnapping of hostile stage critic
Sielow (Alan Dellay), who is
dismissive of the show and refuses even to review it
after being in the audience. The critic is kept locked
up in the theater's basement cell with scores of
drugged women prisoners. Sardu also has Lincoln Center
ballerina Natasha (Viju Krem)
taken to the theater and enslaved through drugs, and
as a zombie made to dance at a theater performance
while her football player boyfriend (Niles
McMaster) and the 'on the take' detective
sergeant (Dan Fauci) try to rescue her.
It's not only revolting because of its lack of scruples, but is witless, senseless and vile. It features such atrocities as a woman guillotined and her severed head giving head to the evil dwarf, another woman having all her teeth pulled out by a pervert doctor (Ernie Pysher) before he puts a power drill to her noggin, a woman stretched apart on an X crucifix, women used as dartboards and a woman having her hand cut off with a hacksaw. There are these and other gross horrors to muse over and nothing redeeming about such sleaze, in a film whose venal aim is to go to the top of the list of poor taste splatter/shock films.
REVIEWED ON 6/10/2014 GRADE: C-
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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