Bloodsucking Pharaohs In Pittsburgh is an oddball, off-the-wall, splatter comedy from 1991. The film parodies buddy detective films, 80’s culture and takes a lot of inspiration from Herchell Gordon Lewis’ Blood Feast. By some odd coincidence, the film strikes a lot of similarities with Hollywood Chainsaw Hookers, my previous review, because both films parody Blood Feast, cop dramas and splatter horror. However, whereas Hollywood Chainsaw Hookers missed the mark, Bloodsucking Pharaohs In Pittsburgh does the genre justice by sporting funny writing, entertaining performances and impressive special effects.
Bloodsucking Pharaohs In Pittsburgh is primarily a comedy and takes pot-shots at low budget drive-in cinema. There are many moments of in-jokes, satire, and slapstick comedy on display which makes the film genuinely funny and entertaining to watch. Bloodsucking Pharaohs In Pittsburgh knows when to go all out on certain jokes making the film feel incredibly ridiculous, but very humorous. At times, the film has a similar feel to Airplane! with it’s style of off-beat humour that takes centre stage. Bloodsucking Pharaohs In Pittsburgh delights in ‘bait and switch’ jokes that play with an audience’s expectations and knowledge of story-telling to create some very memorable funny moments. However, what surprised me was that as well as the funny dialogue, the film has quite an interesting plot that centres around funny and identifiable characters, each with their own character arcs that keep you invested throughout the film.
Bloodsucking Pharaohs In Pittsburgh‘s most important qualities are the special effects, because they are the movie’s claim to fame. The effects of blood and gore were done by the ‘sultan of splatter’ himself, Tom Savini, who brings along his magnificent set of skills. Now, there may not be as much blood and gore as one might expect from Bloodsucking Pharaohs In Pittsburgh, as many of the death scenes are done with camera cuts instead of physical effects, but the few scenes that do include physical effects are very gross and very impressive. Tom Savini’s patented style is very welcome and makes the film an absolute treat to watch.
That said, the film is far from perfect. Bloodsucking Pharaohs In Pittsburgh has quite a few pacing issues which can make some scenes feel like they go on for longer than they should, and there’s an odd subplot involving one of the main character’s wives which arguably isn’t funny, nor interesting, but it is essential to the plot. I feel that the film would have a much better flow and would be much better overall with those scenes removed, but they’re essential to the plot, and even play a heavy part on the films climax. The film has a few technical issues as well. Even if the sets are well designed it is really hard to focus on them because the lighting is really dark. I think that some of this may be due to the transfer from VHS to DVD, but the film looks so dark and shadowy that it’s hard to admire the effort that went into the cinematography and I couldn’t focus on what was actually happening in some of the scenes.
All in all, I may just recommend giving Bloodsucking Pharaohs In Pittsburgh a watch after all. Despite its flaws, it did make me laugh and I found the story enjoyable and surprisingly uplifting for a splatter film. What I believe is an important point to make, however, is that Bloodsucking Pharaohs In Pittsburgh feels like what Hollywood Chainsaw Hookers should have been: everything in Bloodsucking Pharaohs In Pittsburgh is completely wacky and over-the-top, and that’s just what Hollywood Chainsaw Hookers needed to embrace to become an enjoyable experience. Bloodsucking Pharaohs In Pittsburgh points out every wasted potential in Hollywood Chainsaw Hookers. If you are going to watch Bloodsucking Pharaohs In Pittsburgh, just remember, the film is far from perfect, but it’s perfectly enjoyable for a Friday midnight movie.