Incredible Torture Show, The / Blood Sucking Freaks (1976)

Incredible Torture Show, The / Blood Sucking Freaks (1976)

“Look on in awe at a man who has turned all his fantasies into realities.”

When the sado-masochistic director (Seamus O’Brien) of a theater macabre show kidnaps a prima ballerina (Viju Krem), her boyfriend (Niles McMaster) hires a detective (Dan Fauci) to investigate.

Genres, Themes, Actors, and Directors:

  • Black Comedy
  • Kidnapping
  • Let’s-Put-On-a-Show
  • Magicians
  • S&M

Response to Peary’s Review:
Peary accurately describes this egregious inclusion in his book as a “reprehensible film”, one which, sadly, has a “strong underground reputation based on its … sickening violence and torture scenes”.

While it’s true that “some of the scenes are too ridiculous to be taken seriously” (the voluminous “blood” and amputated body parts throughout are very clearly fake), it’s equally true that “others” — many others — “are nauseatingly tasteless”. To describe them here would simply perpetuate their inexcusable titillation value, so I’ll leave it to you to read other reviews (see links below) for a blow-by-blow recap of the many ways in which women — and a couple of men, for good measure — are tortured and maimed throughout this film. Peary notes that part of the film’s notoriety comes from the fact that it was the “object of protests by women’s groups”, and argues that “if any film deserves to be banned, this [one] deserves strong consideration”; I must agree.

Redeeming Qualities and Moments:

  • Nothing.

Must See?
Absolutely not; be duly forewarned.


One thought on “Incredible Torture Show, The / Blood Sucking Freaks (1976)

  1. First viewing. Not must-see. Nope. (see link) has the right attitude: someone there reviewed it cleverly and saw this flick for the dumbass ick that it is.

    I wouldn’t be able to review this in a similar manner. I mean, I do love certain kinds of bad film (as we all know). But this one…is just dull (actually); pointless; worthless.

    [OK, the 15-second, gay necrophilia joke got a giggle out of me. And Viju Krem – who died 7 years later??? – did make me chuckle a few times. But really, folks, with either title, you know what you’re getting into. It’s obviously meant as a big stupid gag. And you can always say no. Do just that and you’ll be fine.]

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