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Blood Sucking Freak

The Life and Films of the Incredible Joel M. Reed

For fans of old Times Square and midnight, cult, horror, and exploitation movies.


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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 pay dirt, 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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JOHN SZPUNAR is the author of the Rondo Award nominated Xeroxferox: The Wild World of the Horror Film Fanzine (Headpress, 2013) and co-editor of Famous Monsters Chronicles II (FantaCo Enterprises, 2016). He is a regular contributor to Weng’s Chop, Monster, and Evilspeak Magazine.

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