Part 4 of 13, excerpted from an essay entitled “Disturbo 13: The Most Disturbing Horror Films Ever Made” by Stanley Wiater.
This was reportedly first released as The Incredible Torture Show—a far more apt title to describe this truly sick film’s entire reason for existence. Produced, written, and directed by New York auteur Joel Reed, this very low-budget production tries to excuse its nauseating excess by purporting to be the blackest of black comedies. Unfortunately, the amoral filmmakers seem to be enjoying themselves far too much for Bloodsucking Freaks to be anything more than a sadist’s red wet dream.
Clearly inspired by the early gore films of Herschell Gordon Lewis, the film has a mad magician named “Sardu” running a Grand Guignol theater off-off Broadway. The theater is a cover so Sardu and company can torture and then slay their unfortunate victims. Not too surprisingly, the victims consist almost entirely of young, naked, attractive females.
When not actually killing women, Sardu passes the time by using their bodies as human dart boards, serving tables, and urinals. Every scene is meant, of course, merely as a huge joke. Check the laughs in this scene: A demented dentist friend of Sardu’s first pulls out a woman’s teeth with a pair of pliers, then drills a hole into the woman’s skull. Inserting a straw into her brain, he begins to suck the woman’s brains out. Get the joke? Reportedly produced by people usually involved in hard-core pornography, and it shows. Bloodsucking Freaks is that rare film that is completely without redeeming value: it’s not even “bad” enough to qualify as offensive camp.