Sunday, September 7, 2014

Bloodsucking Freaks (Troma Blu-ray) - INCLUDES A NEWLY DISCOVERED SCENE!

If you've seen Bloodsucking Freaks then you don't need to read much of this review. You can go out and purchase it for exactly two reasons. 1. The new footage that has been inserted into the "Sardu Master of the Screaming Virgins" cut of the film (though both HD versions of the movie carry this title card). More on that in a bit. 2. The new interviews with Eli Roth and Chris Jericho. Those are two beautiful reasons if owning this classic piece of splat trash isn't good enough for you. You'd then ask me if it's worth upgrading to the Blu-ray. It absolutely is! This even shocked the shit out of me!

This is a great transfer. The set includes the DVD, so you can actually direct compare if you'd like. It's clear from every aspect of the movie that it is superior in HD, and I was curious as to how they were going to take Joel M. Reed's shit fest and turn it into a beautiful thing. They did. You heard from a skeptic who is now a happy skeptic. Film grain and contrast. Crisp and clear to the touch. You can see the damn detail in the pubic hair for fuck's sake!  The DVD features the "Bloodsucking Freaks" title card if that is important to you. You didn't come here for no DVD though! You came here for the delicious 1080p shit. You get the old Eli Roth commentary track and interview with cast members which is very enjoyable. For those of you who don't own the old DVD this will be nice to check out. Also you get a host of Troma related extras. Totally fun shit though not BSF related. 

So those two reasons to pick this up.

1. I won't spoil it completely, but you get some additional moments with Ralphus. I do not want to divulge what it is completely or what it means because I think this is a great reason to pick up the Blu-ray. Lloyd Kaufman gives you the low down in his introduction to the Blu-ray.

2. The Eli Roth interview is a lot of fun. He goes through his relationship with Troma and the initial commentary track and interviews. He also talks about horror in general, the history leading up to BSF and even some new projects including the Green Inferno and The Crypt. He's a horror fan who gets to do the things horror fans dream of doing. I love this guy.  

Also the Chris Jericho interview is intense. That guy loves horror movies too! He loved this particular one so much that he named his security guard Ralphus on the WWF/WWE! Just listening to him reminisce brings back my own memories of having a "horror club' where we would vote on movies to watch and eat way too much candy. 

One gripe, and it is a minor one.. why wasn't the alternate artwork included on the reverse? I love the less popular, poster art that I typically see associated with the Incredible Torture Show branding, but I think the classic, head on a platter art is important to the history of the release. Also, there are two versions of the film on the Blu-ray. The first one is the standard one without the added footage. This will have the exact same opening as the second version with the same inserted credit showing the alternate title card and "warning" about the quality of the inserted film. The first one "Bloodsucking Freaks) does not have the inserted footage (which isn't much mind you). The second has the footage. The DVD does not have the inserted footage. Just wanted to make that clear as I though they had accidentally included only one version of the film instead of the two.

For those of you who haven't seen this movie, I urge you to check it out. Everything they say is true. For a movie from 1976 it really is shocking and perhaps more so today. It's also hilarious, carries on the HG Lewis tradition of beautifully red blood and contains enough jungle bush to joke Jamie Gillis. The performances are hammed up to perfection. The social criticism... still valid to this day. It is worth purchasing rather than renting to VOD because you'll want to show it to all your horror fiends. I test people with this movie. I make sure they can handle being my friend by showing it to them. No really... I do that (not consciously). 

You can order Bloodsucking Freaks now. Support the indie horror label Troma (around for 40 years!). 

Also, please bring this score to 7 inch please! Torture Splattered vinyl!

From Troma:

BLOODSUCKING FREAKS takes you to a bizarre Off-Broardway theatre of the macabre, operated by a deranged impresario. Inside, sadistic entertainments are staged for his audience’s pleasure, including tortures, dismemberments, and other gruesome acts which appear to be faked. When people begin disappearing off the streets of Manhattan, the twisted truth begins to chillingly sink in: these horrifying bloodcurdling acts are not theatrical at all. They are real!

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