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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

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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An Astounding Walk Down the Bloody Corridors of the Occult! See more »

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Trivia

The film is referenced in "Juno" when Juno and the adoptive father watch it on a video tape. See more »

Goofs

When the bleeding woman drops to the ground in the restaurant scene it is obvious, that the carpet around her is covered by a tarpaulin to protect it against becoming dirty. 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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Referenced in Best of the Worst: The Wheel of the Worst (2013) See more »

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a "trip" to see the Wizard...
18 September 2005 | by Jonny_NumbSee all my reviews

"The Wizard of Gore" is typical of Herschell Gordon Lewis--the in-your-face eviscerations where innards are strewn about with wild abandon is the signature of his work, yet what comes off as completely unexpected (and quite surprising) is the surrealistic turns this film takes. Granted, Lewis doesn't give us an existential, Bergman-esquire meditation on the meaning of life, but he infuses some clever camera tricks and mystic concepts that put reality into question. The plot centers around a boisterous illusionist/hypnotist named Montag, whose specialty is finding elaborate methods of simulating murder on-stage, only for the female volunteers to later wind up dead via the exact methods (sword-swallowing, head-hammering, chainsaw evisceration, etc.). Granted, Lewis stalls out in fully realizing the tenuous link between fantasy and reality, but at least he tries, which merits "The Wizard of Gore" an extra star in my book.


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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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Mayflower Pictures See more »
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Mono

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Color

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1.85 : 1
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