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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.

Writer:

Allen Kahn (screenplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ray Sager ... Montag the Magnificent
Judy Cler ... Sherry Carson
Wayne Ratay Wayne Ratay ... Jack
Phil Laurenson Phil Laurenson ... Greg
Jim Rau Jim Rau ... Steve
Don Alexander Don Alexander ... Det. Kramer
John Elliot John Elliot ... Det. Harlan (as John Elliot)
Karin Alexana Karin Alexana ... Stage Girl #1 - Chainsaw Victim
Jack Gilbreth Jack Gilbreth ... Maitre d'Hotel
Corinne Kirkin Corinne Kirkin ... Stage Girl #2 - Headpike Victim
Monica Blackwell Monica Blackwell ... Stage Girl #3 - Punchpress Victim (as Monika Blackwell)
Sally Brody ... Stage Girl #4 - Sword Victim
Karen Burke Karen Burke ... Stage Girl #5 - Sword Victim
Eric Kelner Raynard Eric Kelner Raynard ... Coroner
Sheldon Reis Sheldon Reis ... Audience Member
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Storyline

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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Is It Magic? Or Wholesale Slaughter? See more »

Genres:

Horror

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Re-released theatrically under the title 'House of Torture' in 1982 as part of a multi-film package called "5 Deranged Features". Also on the bill were Shriek of the Mutilated (1974), Dracula vs. Frankenstein (1971) (under the title 'They're Coming to Get You'), Creature from Black Lake (1976) and The Corpse Grinders (1971) (under the title 'Night of the Howling Beast'). 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! Defier 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.
[laughs]
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 in ...
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Connections

Featured in Montag Speaks! with Ray Sager (2016) See more »

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How quaint.
28 October 2008 | by lagriff05See all my reviews

While its strange, mystical sense of suspense aids it, this movie is pretty mediocre in all other aspects, and yet I still find myself enjoying it. It's got terrible acting, bad picture quality and shaky, flawed transitions between scenes (and even stranger ones when it tries to demonstrate the Wizard's "power"), but it's still enjoyable. I wouldn't call this a horror movie so much as a strange combination of fantasy and gore, but it fits my Halloween bill well enough. The Wizard of Gore doesn't make a whole lot of sense, but then, like Phantasm, it isn't really supposed to.

There is a 2007 remake of this around, and I might just be inclined to check it out, to see what modern film-making could do for this little gem...


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 October 1970 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

House of Torture See more »

Filming Locations:

Chicago, Illinois, USA See more »

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Budget:

$60,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

Mayflower Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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