“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds."
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.