A 1976 exploitation horror film by Joel M. Reed that is arguably one of the most misogynistic films of all time. Originally titled The Incredible Torture Show, Troma Entertainment retitled it Bloodsucking Freaks upon its acquisition of it, and it is better known by that title.Master Sardu and his Hispanic dwarf assistant Ralphus run a Grand Guignol-style show in which women are tortured and killed on stage in grotesquely depraved ways. Unbeknown to the audience, the acts are not simulated but genuine murders, and the women are not actresses but kidnapped and captive slaves. Straw Critic Creasy Silo declines to write any review of the show, for fear some misguided soul might actually go to see it (smart fellow), so Sardu has Ralphus kidnap him and chain him up in the basement. He subjects women to various tortures in front of him, including but not limited to: having a mad doctor come in and drill a hole in one's head to drink her brains through a straw, painting a dart board on one's buttocks and throwing darts at it, and putting one in a guillotine of which the blade is held up by a rope held in her mouth and then flogging her, forcing her to refrain from screaming lest she decapitate herself. He also kidnaps famed ballerina Natasha DeNatalie in preparation for the greatest show he will ever put on, for which Silo will have a front row seat...A loose remake of A Bucket of Blood and The Wizard of Gore. When it came out, let's just say that actual critics and feminists did not react positively.
This film provides examples of:
- A Love to Dismember: Numerous scenes.
- Bondage Is Bad: Interestingly, Reed was funded by S&M groups as long as the film had a bondage element to it.
- Covers Always Lie: Probably one of the most infamous examples; the above seen cover art has nothing to do with the movie.
- Depraved Dwarf: Ralphus might protest that issues like "consent" don't apply to severed human heads. Not all viewers are quite as sure.
- Even Evil Has Standards: Weirdly enough, even though they're responsible for equally bad if not worse crimes, Sardu and Ralphus both seem somewhat creeped out by the brain-sucking doctor.
- Exploitation Film
- Fan Disservice: All over the place. The examples in the synopsis are barely an introduction.
- Fin Gore
- Gory Deadly Overkill Title of Fatal Death
- Happiness in Slavery: Natasha, upon being rescued by some detectives, decides she likes being Sardu's slave and runs back to him, axing the detective in the back.
- Mad Doctor: One comes to rip one of the slave's teeth out and drink her brains.
- Refuge in Audacity
- Straw Critic: Creasy Silo. Naturally, he's the character The Cinema Snob identifies the most with.
- Villainous Friendship: Sardu and Ralphus seem to genuinely like each other.