Bloodsucking Freaks (1976)


The movie Bloodsucking Freaks (1976) is a horror comedy film directed by Joel M. Reed. It follows Sardu, a theater director who secretly tortures and murders women for his sadistic theatrical performances. Sardu kidnaps women and holds them captive underneath his Grand Guignol Theater in New York City.

With the help of his dwarf assistant Ralphus, Sardu brutalizes the women and subjects them to all manner of torture such as electrocution, brain surgery, and dismemberment. The women are forced to participate in demented stage shows for a paying underground audience who believe the torture is just special effects. Meanwhile, Sardu also kidnaps a popular ballet dancer named Natasha Di Natalie and her boyfriend Tom Maverick who begins investigating her disappearance. The movie Bloodsucking Freaks (1976) contains gratuitous gore and nudity as the captured women are mutilated and put through grotesque torture for the pleasure of Sardu and his deranged audience.

Sardu remains confident that he will never be caught, but Maverick slowly pieces together clues to find Natasha. In one scene, Sardu drills into Natasha’s brain as she is conscious and restrained. Maverick eventually follows clues back to Sardu’s theater where he discovers the horrors within. In the end, Maverick shoots Sardu in the head and the captive women turn the tables to get their revenge on Ralphus.

The movie Bloodsucking Freaks (1976) is known for its shocking exploitation elements and over-the-top gore. Many critics condemned the film as revolting trash while others reappraised it years later as an intentionally absurd dark comedy. With its copious bloodshed and sadistic premise, Bloodsucking Freaks (1976) gained a reputation as one of the most outrageous horror movies of the 1970s grindhouse era.


  • Seamus O’Brien as Sardu
  • Viju Krem as Ralphus
  • Niles McMaster as Natasha Di Natalie
  • Dan Fauci as Tom Maverick
  • Alan Dellay as Detective John Tucci


  • The movie was filmed in New York City in just 12 days on a budget of $60,000.
  • It was originally titled Sardu: Master of the Screaming Virgins before being released as Bloodsucking Freaks.
  • The film went through censorship battles in multiple countries due to its violent content.


“What makes the film tolerable to watch is the sincerely light hearted tone it takes among its barbaric depictions of various atrocities. “ [1]

“Fans of hardcore exploitation movies such as Last House on the Left and I Spit on your Grave may find Bloodsucking Freaks a bit difficult to digest with its campiness and farcical interpretation of the genre but would have to appreciate the depths of distaste that the movie is willing to sink to in order to achieve the desired reaction from the audience. A definite cult classic and a defining moment in Troma history in the guise of a sadistic and torturous voyage into the brainwashing and slavery industry where women are used as dartboards before being fed to their feral sisters.” [2]

“It’s vile, it’s graphic, it’s sleazy, it’s misogynistic, it’s ridiculous, it’s campy, it’s juvenile, and other adjectives.” [3]





Last updated byCody Meirick on November 13, 2023