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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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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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Is It Magic? Or Wholesale Slaughter? See more »

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Horror

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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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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Trivia

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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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 »

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.
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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 in...
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So-Bad-It's-Good Definitely Applies Here
7 March 2008 | by Scars_RemainSee all my reviews

This movie has been on my Netflix queue for quite a while so I can safely say that I've wanted to see it since before Juno was out. This is the fourth Herschell Gordon Lewis film I've seen so far and only the second I've liked, the other was Two Thousand Maniacs. This, much like Two Thousand Maniacs, is a good movie. Not because it actually has substance and is well thought out, but because it is a lot of fun to watch and has become a cult classic.

Let's be honest for a minute here, when Herschell Gordon Lewis was directing films, he had no idea what he was doing. As a friend of mine said "he is the Ed Wood of gore films." I have to agree completely. The editing is always choppy and horrible, the music is poorly placed, the acting seems to be straight out of a junior high play, and nothing seems believable. This brings me to the gore. If HGL only got one thing right in his career, it was gore. The gore in this film is awesome and cheesy. He may have made bad films, but they sure are entertaining.

Sorry for going off on so many tangents, I'll get back to this movie. The story follows a TV reporter and her boyfriend who attend a magician's show of blood and dismemberment. They become suspicious of several deaths being linked to the show. It's a simple story but it is a lot of fun. I really like the magician theme. The bad acting factor definitely applies in this movie. I often wonder where HGL found these people. But as always, the gore is magnificent(no pun intended) and almost saves the movie. I had a lot fun with it.

See this movie if you're a fan of Herschell Gordon Lewis and you won't find much of anything new but it is a very good time. Go! Now!


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