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Joel M. Reed Dies, Bloodsucking Freaks Director Was 86

Joel M. Reed Dies, Bloodsucking Freaks Director Was 86

Joel M. Reed, the veteran filmmaker known for writing and directing the controversial Troma movie Bloodsucking Freaks among many other cult classics, has passed away at 86 years old. Posting on Reed's Facebook account, Joel's brother Elliott confirms the filmmaker died on Sunday due to complications from the coronavirus.

"Joel will surely be missed by his friends, fans and family. He had a remarkable career as a writer and filmmaker," Elliott says in the post. He also notes Reed will not be having a memorial service, adding: "He was a soldier during the Korean War and will have a military funeral without services."

Reed was born in New York in 1933 and had begun working with film in the 1960's. Some of his early movies as a director include Career Bed, Sex by Advertisement, The G.I. Executioner, Night of the Zombies, and Blood Bath. Perhaps his most well-known work is the 1976 exploitation splatter movie Bloodsucking Freaks,

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