Joel M. Reed's BLOODSUCKING FREAKS (1976) from Troma 6/3/14

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  1. bruce h

    bruce h Editor - CINEMA ARCANA

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    Step right up and get your ticket to the Incredible Torture Show -- Troma Films are giving Joel M. Reed's BLOODSUCKING FREAKS (1976) a long-needed hi-def upgrade! At a way out, off-off Broadway theater, the Master Sardu runs a series of Grand Guignol-inspired plays featuring a randy midget named Ralphus mutilating women in various states of undress -- much to the thrill of the audience and disgust of the critics. Tired of poor reviews, the splat-happy artiste hatches a plan for his masterpiece, kidnapping a world famous dancer to kick his detractors to death. Oh, and the whole thing's actually a front for the white slavery operation Sardu runs out of the basement -- a dungeon stocked with hungry, naked cannibal girls. Wholly offensive, impossibly outrageous and about as non-PC as you can get, BLOODSUCKING FREAKS is an exploitative gorefest packed with depraved debauchery from start to finish: finger rippings, chainsawed feet, dartboard butts, brains slurped with a straw, a penis-on-rye sandwich... and you won't believe Ralphus' romantic rendezvous with a severed head.

    Probably the most requested upgrade in Troma's library, the company finally struck a fresh new transfer -- the first since its VHS release in the mid-'80s! They're also billing it as a previously unreleased uncut edition, featuring a never-before-seen deleted bit and the original credits as SARDU: MASTER OF THE SCREAMING VIRGINS. Other new supplements include interviews with Eli Roth and Chris Jericho, trailers and more. "This isn't S&M, this is art!"

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    Remastered theatrical trailer! (Obviously not even remotely safe for work.)
    http://youtu.be/NykspMzYQxk

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    Never seen this. seen stills from it and just doesn't grab me, I remember it being popular around 83 in the video store I use to hang out in..
     
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    This movie is hilarious.
    Grindhouse trash of the best kind :D
     
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    zombi3 Pure Evil

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    Already got the UK blu-ray from 88 Films. May have to double dip on this one if Troma's version features a longer cut and new extras.
     
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    I agree. will certainly only appeal to certain tastes but I remember this film being entertaining. "your mouth will make an interesting urinal."
     
  6. Myron Breck

    Myron Breck BOO!!! Gotcha!

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    I'll probably just hold onto my DVD. It's enjoyable, low-budget insanity but I haven't watched it in years.
     
  7. bruce h

    bruce h Editor - CINEMA ARCANA

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    Here's a copy of the sales sheet (from Exploitation Retrospect). Looks like bullet points are:

    * New Interviews with Eli Roth and WWE Superstar Chris Jericho
    * Audio Commentary from Blood & Guts Expert Eli Roth
    * New, Never-Before-Seen Uncut Version of the Feature, including:
    -- Never Seen Before Deleted Scene Thought to Be Lost Forever
    -- Never Seen Before Original Title Sequence for SARDU: MASTER OF THE SCREAMING VIRGINS

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    Eli Roth again!? Christ, that guy is quickly becoming the herpes of the horror genre.
     
  9. MisterTwister

    MisterTwister The Schlock King

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    Ugh. I wasn't planning on getting this but the new uncut version with lost scene included has me interested.
     
  10. Shannafey

    Shannafey Don't Monkey With Me!

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    Me too.
     
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    tobaccoman White, Proud, and Stupid

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    Pretty sure it's the same commentary from the DVD...
     
  12. bruce h

    bruce h Editor - CINEMA ARCANA

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    Bumped to July 8th.
     
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    Is this extra scene dealing with violence? Was planning on holding onto my dvd like others here.
     
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    MorallySound Mad Mutilator

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    Supposedly it's Ralphus fellating Sardu.

    That's what Lloyd says on the new intro for the Blu-ray release: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fqfDXc15MKs
     
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    Thanks MorallySound. I'll hold onto my dvd unless I can get a good deal on the blu.
     
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    Thinking about blind-buying this. Can anyone recommend?

    I love movies like I Drink Your Blood, etc, but I don't like movies that are gross just to be gross. For instance, I'm not the biggest H.G. Lewis fan, the rare exception being Two Thousand Maniacs.

    I hear this one's pretty nasty, but if there's entertainment value in there, I'll be able to appreciate it.
     
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    Ugh. One of the biggest pieces of shit I wasted money blind buying off ebay (y'know, in the days before download). But it's probably worth a small fortune now because of the label it's on.

    Female horror fans and torture films just don't mix. :eek:

    Not unless you call women being whipped and chained as entertainment. I can tolerate and even enjoy torture porn, to an extent, but there's not much to recommend about this film. It's incredibly ugly to boot, cinematically speaking, so it's not even a filmic experience you can enjoy, in that sense. (I hated I Spit... but at least the surrounds were pretty.) Imagine a five minute porn loop extended to 90 minutes. Only with less story!
     
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    burieddeep Dr. Obrero

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    Two scenes stick in my head when I think of this film...The first one is when they have the chic clenching with her mouth onto a rope attached to a guillotine while hitting her is the ass with a broom... and the second one is when they show a schlong on a hero sandwich at the end.
     
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    I finally received the new Troma blu, dig the green case! Never saw the 88 films release, loving the new high-def transfer, prob the same as was used on that one. Troma gives a selection to play the film with (Sardu: master of the screaming virgins) or without (Bloodsucking Freaks) the newly discovered footage. I found it interesting as it completes a scene, and has never been discussed before. A deep dark secret, even from long time fans it seems. And Lloyd Kaufman got it mixed up, it's Sardu giving, not receiving. Bizarre moment that fits better than I had imagined...image quality is a bit lesser during this moment, but the audio is there. In a new interview, Eli tells his story of the old dvd's production tale, his inclusion in it, conversation with Joel M. Reed the night before the commentary track was recorded, etc. It's a great release from Troma, really!!

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    Is the DVD copy remastered?
     

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