Bloodsucking Freaks

Director: Joel M. Reed
Year Released: 1976
Rating: 1.0

Lunatic 'artistic director' Sardu (Seamus O'Brien), with the assistance of diminutive but ruthless Ralphus (Luis De Jesus), kidnaps famed ballerina Natasha Di Natalie (Viju Krem) and forces her to dance for his under-underground "Theatre of the Macabre" ... and in the meantime enjoys torturing various women they gather around them by cutting off their hands, chopping their heads off or drinking their drilled-out brains with a straw.  It's a cheaply made - it looks like it was shot in a dilapidated basement on a quarter of a shoestring budget and the 'blood' is clearly some kind of paint or food coloring - but memorably mean-spirited exploitation movie: it's tacky and terribly acted, sure, but it seems like the untalented cast and crew had a blast making it, and there's some cheap chuckles as a reminder it's all just a twisted gag.  At the time, the organization Women Against Pornography campaigned against it, but they must have missed the ending where the locked-up cannibal ladies finally get their revenge by (a.) eating a police officer and (b.) removing their captors' noggins.  If that ain't justice, I don't know what is....