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The Wizard of Gore (1970)

Not Rated | | Horror | 23 October 1970 (USA)
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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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 »

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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 »

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[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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One of the great "what the..." movies.
21 June 2001 | by (London Village, England) – See all my reviews

Utter madness from HGL and probably his most accessible and entertaining film. The central premise is brilliant - someone should remake it - but all the weird subplots and scenes all add to the deranged atmosphere.

The gore is pretty nastier and a definite progression from A Taste Of Blood and The Gruesome Twosome. The "eyeball" scene really surprised and shocked me because for once the effects are reasonably convincing. But it's Ray Sager's pompous portrayal of Montag that is the most appealing aspect for fans of kitsch and the ending is a genuine eyebrow raiser. Questions of existentialism and hardcore gore? It's all here. You will, at some points, question your sanity. That is, of course, if we're not all a figment of someone's imagination. Indeed, are you in fact sitting reading this review now? Or are you actually at home, asleep, dreaming that you are here? Aaaaagh!


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