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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.


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


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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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 »


When Jack reads the newspaper announcing the second murder, the articles are obviously pasted onto the paper rather than printed on it; the corner of one article is clearly peeling away from the paper. See more »


[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.
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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You will lose your mind, and possibly your lunch...
20 March 2001 | by jtk57See all my reviews

Some say the Wizard of Gore is one of HG Lewis' weaker flicks, but I must disagree. Blood Feast may have been more ground-breaking and unintentionally hilarious, but W.O.G. stands up fine against that movie and any of his other gore films. There is a certain cheesy charm to Lewis movies, no matter if they are skin flicks, gore flicks, or even kiddie flicks. In this movie, the wonderfully hammy Ray Sager plays the Wizard and his main occupation seems to be delivering quasi-fascistic prattle to audiences with mutton chop sideburns, interspersed with running his fingers through the tomato-sauce covered animal organs that erupt from his victims, all to the audience's delight. There is some weak storyline involving an independent woman reporter and her well-tanned boyfriend, who try to solve the mystery of the Wizard, the fools. However, this is pretty much just window dressing for the 5-6 gory scenes of the Wizard doing his thing. In particular, there is an eyeball poking and manipulating scene that would have done Lucio Fulci proud. And please don't forget the awesome furniture and late 60's bourgeois home furnishings and polyester pantsuits that make all of these late 60's films look like "Barbarella" by todays standards. If anything, you have to love the fact that there was actually a time in this country where you could make a movie like this and it would be distributed. Thinking about the time period when Lewis was doing his thing and the way he was doing it is enough to blow your mind even more than his movies. If you haven't checked them out, you are doing yourself a disservice!

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Release Date:

23 October 1970 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

House of Torture See more »

Filming Locations:

Chicago, Illinois, USA See more »


Box Office


$60,000 (estimated)
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Mayflower Pictures See more »
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1.85 : 1
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