Blood Sucking Freaks is a 1976 exploitation-splatter film. Shot under the title Sardu: Master of the Screaming Virgins, it was retitled The Incredible Torture Show during its original theatrical run.
Master Sardu (Seamus O'Brien) runs a S&M/Grand Guignol-style theatre with his assistant, the midget Ralphus. In keeping with the Grand Guignol-style, the theatre puts on grotesque shows about torture and murder. What neither the audiences nor the critics know is that the shows are not staged but real. Moreover the naked women who appear to be tortured, dismembered and even killed during the performances are not actresses but kidnapped victims who are made into slaves.
Theatre critic, Creasy Silo, incurs Sardu's wrath by mocking his pretensions of art. Sardu responds by kidnapping and torturing Silo in the hopes that he will give the show a positive review, and by kidnapping ballerina Natasha DeNatalie in order to force her to participate in shows and thereby lend the shows an increased level of artistic legitimacy. Natasha's football-player boyfriend Tom Maverick and corrupt policeman Detective John Tucci try to find Natasha and unravel the mystery of Sardu's operation.
Sardu is also involved in white slavery and keeps a group of naked, almost feral, women in a cage in the basement of the theatre. While Maverick and Detective Tucci attempt to find Natasha, Sardu and Ralphus continue to torture their captives and attempt to brainwash DeNatalie and Silo so that they will participate in the theater productions. Sardu ultimately gets his comeuppance at the hands of his former captives.
Blood Sucking Freaks would go on to achieve minor cult-classic status due to its ability to slip between being a serious horror film with sexual overtones and a campy send-up of gore films.
Depictions of violenceEdit
Some of the torture methods depicted fictionally in the film include the use of thumb screws, a skull crushed by a vise, the amputation of a wrist by a bone saw, the amputation of fingers by a meat cleaver, electro-shock, suspension, the extraction of teeth, the portrayal of an electric drill through a skull with the brains sucked through a straw, the amputation of feet by a chainsaw, stretching on St. Andrew's Cross, caning and subsequent decapitation by guillotine, as well as brainwashing, whipping, darts,and quartering.