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The Wizard of Gore (1970)

 -  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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Cast overview, first billed only:
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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The Maniac Magician Whose Tricks Really Work! See more »

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23 October 1970 (USA)  »

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House of Torture  »

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$60,000 (estimated)
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Ray Sager was a last minute replacement for the original actor cast as Montag who dropped out of the movie right before shooting started. See more »

Goofs

In the beginning of the movie, after Montag has chopped his head off with the guillotine, and his body starts grabbing at the head, you can see the hair of the actor behind the guillotine poking out on the right side. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
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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Montag the Magnificent: What is real? Are you certain you know what reality is? How do you know that at this second you aren't asleep ...
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A really strange and disturbing masterpiece of hilarious nonsense
1 February 2005 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Though this is one of my all time favorite movies, I would still have to give it 7 out of ten because it has too many flaws for me to rate it as a perfect film. For one, the plot does meander and great deal. Also, the characters for the most part are pointless and annoying. Still, this does not matter in the world of Herschell Gordon Lewis. This is easily one of the stupidest, most unbelievable, disturbing and hilarious movies that I have ever seen in my entire life. You'll find yourself laughing out loud as you vomit at the sight of people having swords shoved down their throats, being done in with punch presses, being chainsawed in half and every other disgusting thing you can possibly imagine. Only in the world of cinema can things this ridiculous happen. That's what I love about movies, they take you into a different world, and this movie does just that. Aside from the gore, what really makes this movie stand out is it's evil villain 'MONTAG THE MAGNIFICENT'. After watching this movie, my friend Jason and I decided to start worshipping him and revelling in his badassness. Also, what totally rules about this movie is just how terrible the acting is. Ray Sager is actually the worst actor of all time. It made me laugh the entire time I watched it, yet at the same time his presence has an unnatural creepiness to it. The ending has to be seen to be believed.

Truly a unique horror film that should be seen by fans of bad cinema or just anyone who wants to be totally grossed out and given nightmares.

(My personal rating is 10/10)


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