Blood Sucking Freak


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Blood Sucking Freak: The Life and Films of the Incredible Joel M. Reed by John Szpunar

Trade Paperback – Headpress – Jan 2018 – 421 pages

New York City, 1976. Newspaper ads dare the denizens of Times Square to see a morbid little movie called The Incredible Torture Show.The film is yanked from theaters before it finds its audience. Years later it is retitled Blood Sucking Freaks and hits paydirt, playing to shocked crowds and becoming a perverse cult classic. Its writer and director is Joel M. Reed. Like his films, the life of Joel M. Reed is a crazy cocktail of New York satire and sleaze, from swanky supper clubs in the 1950s through to the decrepit grindhouses of the 1970s. Using Reed and his films as its cornerstone, this book — twenty years in the making — is a dirty snapshot of the last gasp of Times Square before AIDS, crack cocaine, and anti-pornography laws strike their final blow. Strap yourself in for an unforgettable journey.


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