Welcome to the forgotten movie that may be the grandfather of today’s Torture-Porn subgenre: Joel M Reed’s Bloodsucking Freaks (aka The Incredible Torture Show).
Master sadist, masochist, theatre entrepreneur and James Lipton lookalike Sardu (Seamus O’Brien) owns a Grand Guignol style theatre in the seedy part of town as a front for his white-slave trade. He is ably assisted by afro headed dwarf Ralphus (Louis de Jesus), who is as big a sadist as Sardu, and dresses like a hippy beat-poet. In the show women are tortured, mutilated and killed for the pleasure of paying customers, but as Sardu says, if you are sickened, pretend it’s fake; if you are unmoved, pretend it’s real.
In the audience tonight are beautiful ballerina Natasha de Natalie (Viju Krem) and her hulking footballer boyfriend Tom Maverick (Niles McMaster), and scathing, snotty theatre critic Creasy Silo (Alan Dellay). Creasy is extremely dismissive of the poor acting skills of Sardu’s performers, and thus earns the Master’s wrath. After a spanking, Sardu sends Ralphus to snatch Creasy Silo, and force him to admit that Sardu’s theatre of the macabre is “true art”. To demonstrate, Ralphus tortures a woman with electrical shocks to the nipples. Sardu explains that this is how he “conditions” his slave-girls.
Creasy Silo is unrepentantly dismissive, and when he hears that Sardu intends to up the game by adding dance, plot and music to his sadistic displays, he begs to be killed. Sardu, however, will do no such thing. He wants acceptance and accolades, and wants Silo to witness his triumph.
Sardu keeps his money hidden in a cell, guarded by feral, naked women, who occasionally end up on his dinner plate. Feeding Creasy one such meal, Sardu reveals his grand plan: art will come when he forces ballerina Natasha de Natalie onto his stage. Cue another crazy kidnapping sequence for the intrepid, blowpipe wielding Ralphus. Natasha is then put through her conditioning, and the torture abounds, both physical and psychological, for as long as she can hold out.