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The Wizard of Gore (1970)

Not Rated  |   |  Horror  |  23 October 1970 (USA)
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A TV talk-show hostess and her boyfriend investigate a shady magician whom has the ability to hypnotize and control the thoughts of people in order to stage gory on-stage illusions using his powers of mind bending.

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Ray Sager ...
Judy Cler ...
Sherry Carson
Wayne Ratay ...
Jack
Phil Laurenson ...
Greg
Jim Rau ...
Steve
Don Alexander ...
Det. Kramer
John Elliot ...
Det. Harlan
Karin Alexana ...
Stage Girl #1 - Chainsaw Victim
Jack Gilbreth ...
Maitre d'Hotel
Corinne Kirkin ...
Stage Girl #2 - Headpike Victim
Monica Blackwell ...
Stage Girl #3 - Punchpress Victim (as Monika Blackwell)
Sally Brody ...
Stage Girl #4 - Sword Victim
Karen Burke ...
Stage Girl #5 - Sword Victim
Eric Kelner Raynard ...
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Sheldon Reis ...
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A magician performs a show where he selects a female volunteer and appears to put swords, drills, and such through them. They walk away and everyone applauds, then they show up somewhere else, dead of the same injuries they sustained in the magic show. Police are baffled and can't tie the murders to the magician. A man whose girlfriend is infatuated with the show begins to investigate on his own. Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

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Montag the Magnificent: [to the theater audience] I am Montag, master of illusion! The fire of the laws of reason! A magician if you will. But then... what is a magician? A person who tears asunder your rules of logic and crumbles your world of reality so you can go home and say: "Oh what clever tricks he has. What a sly deceiver"... and go to sleep in the security of your own, real world.
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My personal favorite H.G. Lewis film, one of his goriest and most surreal offerings
7 May 2007 | by (Worcester, MA) – See all my reviews

"The Wizard of Gore" is one of the legendary H.G. Lewis's goriest films. Its also one of his most interesting, as the plotting is rather ambitious, touching upon concepts such as hypnotism, meta-fiction, and illusions. Despite none of these themes being explored with anything resembling subtlety, its certainly an adventurous move for Lewis. To his credit, the ending is unforgettably bizarre. It also makes this one of his most surreal efforts, and in my mind his finest achievement. Sure, "Blood Feast" and "2000 Maniacs" are more groundbreaking and have larger followings, but this is the Lewis film I find myself watching the most.

If you were actually fooled by what I said above into thinking this is a technically adequate film, well, I'm sorry. This still features all the Lewis trademarks, and fans of the godfather of gore wouldn't have it any other way. As the lead, Ray Sager is hilariously over-the-top, coming across as Vincent Price without the talent or the dignity. Wayne Ratay as the reporter working on the case is pretty wooden (not to mention he takes off his shirt one too many times, this isn't exactly a buff guy). Judy Cler actually offers a half-decent performance (by Lewis standards anyways). As I said above, this is one of Lewis' goriest films, and where the guy actually had some skill was staging memorably morbid death scenes utilizing bizarre props. They're cheap, but they're sometimes effective and unnerving (if also hilarious and monotonous). Lewis' direction hasn't improved too much (he never really got the hang of pacing), but for fans of drive-in trash, "The Wizard of Gore" offers much entertainment. (8/10)


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