The Wizard of Gore

Overview

A sinister illusionist gets away with ghastly murders on-stage in this unique horror story. Though Montag the Magnificent (Ray Sager) appears to be eviscerating beautiful volunteers from the audience with railroad spikes, chainsaws, and punch presses, the girls always smile afterward and walk away unscathed, leading the adoring crowd to admire the magician's handiwork. However, each evening, those same women are found horribly murdered in similar fashions, leading a young couple to take interest in the case. ...
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Overview

A sinister illusionist gets away with ghastly murders on-stage in this unique horror story. Though Montag the Magnificent (Ray Sager) appears to be eviscerating beautiful volunteers from the audience with railroad spikes, chainsaws, and punch presses, the girls always smile afterward and walk away unscathed, leading the adoring crowd to admire the magician's handiwork. However, each evening, those same women are found horribly murdered in similar fashions, leading a young couple to take interest in the case. Sherry Carson (Judy Cler) is fascinated with Montag's show and wants to feature his magic on her afternoon television program. Her boyfriend, Jack (Wayne Ratay), is a sports writer, but he decides to investigate the weird homicides that have plagued the city since Montag appeared. Eventually, it becomes clear that the magician is planning to commit mass murder by hypnotizing the audience of Sherry's TV show, and Jack has to act fast. But the evil Montag's magic has already warped the fabric of reality, and no outcome is certain.
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Special Features

Digitally mastered; Audio commentary by director Herschell Gordon Lewis; Original theatrical trailer; Herschell Gordon Lewis Gallery of Exploitation Art
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Fred Beldin
Arguably the most interesting product from cinematic gorehound Herschell Gordon Lewis, The Wizard of Gore presents its Grand Guignol violence within a surreal, self-referential framework that stands out in any pack of cardboard slasher plots. The titular maniac prefaces his horrible on-stage acts by taunting his audience, challenging the space between reality and illusion, then proceeding to both exploit and satisfy their thirst for blood. The what, why, and how of Montag the Magnificent is never completely explained, with a bizarre nonlinear conclusion that places the audience right back in the theater, waiting for another gory magic trick. Ultimately, the viewers of the film are indicted along with the onscreen spectators, as guilty for the eventual dismemberments of Montag's victims as the evil magician himself. The desire for safe, sick thrills goes horribly awry and murder is the result. Written pseudonymously by the director himself, The Wizard of Gore could be taken as a pointed poke at the appetites of Lewis' own audience, and he served up a greater dose of cinematic carnage than his previous blood epics. While Lewis expressed displeasure with the film's special effects (many of which were compromised due to rushed schedules, budgetary limitations, and unforeseen accidents on the set), the squirm-worthy visions of eyeballs being dug out of heads and torsos torn open and rummaged through are more than adequate. As for the rest of the film, it's the standard Lewis collection of non-actors and clumsy cinematography, and it isn't unlikely that the script's elliptical qualities are due more to the hasty plugging of plot holes than any grand design. Still, the finished product has more heft than Lewis' other gore films and should be at the top of the list for anyone with interest in the director's career.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/4/2000
  • UPC: 014381610222
  • Original Release: 1970
  • Rating:

  • Source: Image Entertainment
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Mono
  • Sound: monaural
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:35:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 34,852

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Don Alexander Detective Kramer
Monika Blackwell
Judy Cler Sherry Carson
John Elliot Detective Harlan
Corinne Kirkin
Phil Lauenson
Wayne Ratay Jack
Jim Rau Steve
Eskandar Ameripoor Man on Stage
Ray Sager Montag the Magnificent
Technical Credits
Herschell Gordon Lewis Director, Producer, Special Effects
Alex Ameri Cinematographer
Eskandar Ameripoor Editor
Larry Wellington Score Composer
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Scene Index

Chapter Index
0. Chapter Index
1. Main Title; Montag the Magnificent [7:59]
2. Human Butchery [7:04]
3. Dying for a Bite [3:40]
4. "Housewives' Coffee Break" [7:39]
5. A Spike in the Brain [16:41]
6. Another Bloody Murder [5:09]
7. A Hole in One [8:47]
8. The Proof Is in the Pudding [7:50]
9. Swordplay [9:34]
10. Hot Pursuit [9:02]
11. "Concentrate!" [6:48]
12. The Real World [4:41]
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Side #1
Start "Wizard Of Gore"
Extras
   Audio Commentary By Director Herschell Gordon Lewis
      Commentary On
      Commentary Off
   Original Theatrical Trailer
   Herschell Gordon Lewis Gallery of Exploitation Art
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