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on 12 August 2017
One of 88's better offerings, this film is both hilarious and quote repulsive in places, it's a non stop barrage of mysoginistic violence and perversion. The effects do look ropey compared to modern standards but they still impact and the violence comes thick and fast. This one held my attention till the end. Transfer is okay and sound clear compared to a lot of these old transfers. Worth picking up on the cheap..
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on 15 April 2015
A bit bloodier than wizard of gore(remake).a show wre they kill the woman on stage and people think it's a show.to get rid of people who became to close to the truth get fed to a cage full of naked women,not a bad film blody and gory.
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on 13 May 2017
Brilliant
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on 31 July 2017
Excellent, one of the best Grindhouse movies ever
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on 11 November 2015
Overall a great crazy gem from the 1970s but overall get the Troma release! Don't bother with 88
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on 5 July 2017
Interesting sleaze from the depths of 42nd street grindhouses sees a theater owner kidnap a major star to put on for his play. Backstage though there are plenty of degrading moments, as the owner and his midget, kill and abuse anything in sight. Gore and violence for the time is ramped up, and there are some hilarious scenes. Real sleazy one this, like you'll want to have a shower afterwards.

But the truth is the movie can't keep up the pace and whilst the first half hour is entertaining on a low Z grade scale it starts to become a bore as films falls apart. Still historically interesting movie that does take you back to the grime streets of the 70s.
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on 15 January 2012
Believe it or not, a motion picture with such a grotesque title as "Bloodsucking Freaks" (but which had been filmed as "Sardu, Master of the Screaming Virgins", then retitled "The Incredible Torture Show" for its original theatrical run) is, essentially, a ballet film, although there are only really a few minutes (central and climactic ones, however) of the crazed, ballerina-topless, murderously sadistic moments of dancing. One of two kidnapped ballerinas, Natasha, after having been tortured and brainwashed, in order to avoid having her feet chainsawed off, like those of her celebrated colleague, becomes the sado-masochistic love-slave of Sardu, the ugly white slaver entrepreneur, among whose murderous accomplices is the sadistic black dwarf, Ralphus.

As the climax of a choreographed ballet routine, Natasha kicks to death a bound captive critic (for real, folks!) with repeatedly powerfully swinging dance motions of her vicious, long, muscular, Terpsichorean-trained trotters. This is the best moment of the film, indeed, its very core, even if the ballet dancing is less skillful than that of the likes of Dame Margot Fonteyn, Maria Tallchief, Alicia Alonso, or Karen Kain. As for the other female dancer in the story, the one whose feet the dwarf has sawn off, that victim is left lugubriously to drag her bleeding stumps, her body facedown, across a floor revoltingly grotty with filth and gore. The principal ballerina, Natasha, for her part, having become a willing minion of Sardu, slays her gorgeous sports-celebrity boyfriend, Tom, stealthily lobbing an axe into the back of his handsome head while Tom has been trying to rescue her -- and a detective, too -- from Sardu. Unbeknownst to Tom, Sardu had become Natasha's new master and lover. Then there also are the awaiting threats from Sardu's minions and from his now liberated crazed she-demon cannibalistic, naked female caged horde, whose vengeance brings the movie to a close in a collective frenzy of vindictively murderous, cannibalistic violence.

There is lots more that flogs, viciously tortures, cannibalises, guillotines, amputates, and brutalises variously and bloodily its way through the length of the film. "Bloodsucking Freaks" is tasteless, explicit, exploitative, and grotesque. In a word, this is one of the best movies of its kind, even compared to a non-dance film that recounts, abounding in sex, voyeurism, sadistic torments, and, in its case, drugs too, a somewhat similarly memorable tale, "The Sinful Dwarf" (the original Scandanavian title of which is "Dvaergen"), which features a far uglier and weirder Caucasian midget.

By obtaining "the Collector's Edition Director's Cut" DVD (the North American edition being Troma Team Video DVD-9830), including numerous bonus features, the viewer can savour this strange film even further than by watching it, in full (and, admittedly, in more or less comparable visual quality) on YouTube. The reader knows if such movies as the one here reviewed and another singled out in this review for brief comparison are the kind of cult films (of "high camp" sensibility) that he likes best, i.e. movies which are so bad that, in their perverse ways, they are good!
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on 8 April 2014
Of course its dated but thats part of the fun. Blood Sucking Freaks endures because its high camp and endlessly entertaining. Theres literally not a dull moment. If you want gore and sadism you get them literally every couple of minutes or so. If you want nudity the film is filled with it. If you want laughs you have sadistic dwarf Ralphus. A film unlike any other.

88 Films' blu-ray of Blood Sucking Freaks is in widescreen. The picture is 1080p high def but has not been restored. There are plenty of scratches especially in the first five minutes and print is faded often on righthand side of screen. But it still looks better than the old DVD and looks like film, just dont expect a really clean transfer. It wouldnt suit a film this sleazy anyway! Audio is clean.

And yes its uncut! Nipple clamping, brain sucking, leg chainsawing, finger crushing, bum darting, are all intact.

Extras are Eli Roth commentary, a trailer, Lloyd Kaufman intro, 4 minutes where Roth meets cast members, other troma trailers and a couple of daft Troma featurettes.

Region A/B/C.
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on 28 April 2014
The edition comes with a very nice and slip case and the cover art underneath the slip case is a very sleazy piece by artist Rick Melton. A very interesting little booklet is also included as is reversible sleeve art. The transfer looks very good considering the very low quality of the original print of the film. This a great edition that I would highly recommended to other collectors.
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on 19 November 2014
It's just all tits & fanny, if that's your bag then you'll enjoy.
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