Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Bloodsucking Freaks (1976)

aka The Incredible Torture Show

How bad is it? It's one of the most infamously awful grindhouse films of all time.
Should you see it? You'd have to be a sicko to enjoy it. So, if you're a sicko...

The Grand Guignol was a Parisian theater that staged plays where people had body parts removed (usually by madmen), done with magic tricks. This film has a modern theater of the same type, but the mutilations that the audience think are faked are real. Even worse things happen backstage, where the evil Sardu and his dwarf henchman torture women. The most memorable - and icky - scene has a woman's brain being sucked out through a straw; this scene must've inspired the same in the "Silence of the Lambs" sequel "Hannibal." I doubt anyone involved with that film would admit to having seen this, though.

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