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The Wizard of Gore (2007)

Montag the Magnificent (Glover) is a master illusionist who performs at underground venues, selecting female volunteers from his rave-like audiences. To their hysteria, it appears he's ... See full summary »


Jeremy Kasten


Zach Chassler, Herschell Gordon Lewis (based upon the motion picture)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Kip Pardue ... Edmund Bigelow
Bijou Phillips ... Maggie
Crispin Glover ... Montag the Magnificent
Jeffrey Combs ... The Geek
Brad Dourif ... Doctor Chong
Joshua John Miller ... Jinky (as Joshua Miller)
Garz Chan ... Annie
Tim Chiou ... Chinese Mickey
Evan Seinfeld ... Frank
Flux Suicide Flux Suicide ... Dell
Amina Amina ... Cecelia (as Amina Munster)
Cricket Suicide Cricket Suicide ... Cayenne (as Cricket DeManuel)
Nixon Suicide Nixon Suicide ... Rexina
Kenneth Moskow ... Detective Packard
Shannon Hart Cleary Shannon Hart Cleary ... News Reporter (as Shannon Ggem)


Montag the Magnificent (Glover) is a master illusionist who performs at underground venues, selecting female volunteers from his rave-like audiences. To their hysteria, it appears he's dismembered their bodies, but his sleight of hand has them fooled. However, female bodies show up dead from the same wounds performed on stage. Investigators are baffled, and the chase to find the killer begins.

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Horror | Mystery

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for bloody violence, sexuality/nudity and language | See all certifications »

Did You Know?


The blood wrestling at the carnival was improvised at the last minute. See more »


Montag the Magnificent: Ladies and gentlemen, when you come to my house, you are stripped. This show is about what's on the inside, what is inside you. Is it beautiful? Or is it ugly?
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Crazy Credits

The closing credits roll sideways; from the right of the screen to the left. See more »


Referenced in American Grindhouse (2010) See more »


Retro Hop
Written by Sal Ventura
Performed by Sal Ventura
Published by Dr. Zoot Music
Courtesy of Dr. Zoot Music
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Left Me Not Sure How to Feel
4 April 2011 | by gavin6942See all my reviews

An underground reporter (Kip Purdue) stumbles upon a magician (Crispin Glover) who kills his assistants on stage. What first looks like an illusion starts to get more suspicious as they turn up dead the day after. How is a local strip club tied in to this? And what happens as layer after later is peeled away from the surface?

The biggest flaw of this film, from director Jeremy Kasten, is the fact it's a "remake" of a Hershel Gordon Lewis film. I kept comparing the two in my head, which was very unfair to Kasten's work because the films have very little in common. Aside from a magician whop performs bloody tricks, the entire plot is reworked, as are the characters. The best I can recommend is that if you are going to see this one, do not see the original first. Without that influence on your opinion, you may like this one.

What is not to like? The cast is great, not least of which includes horror veterans Jeffrey Combs and Brad Dourif, as well as the Suicide Girls. Crispin Glover has a long history in horror, as well, and Kip Purdue (who I am not very familiar with) has a personality that uniquely fits this tale. He is the one character who could not be changed without altering the entire film.

While I prefer the original film, it is not really fair to compare them. Montag the Magician is not even the same guy, and there is the whole other stripper and mind-control drug aspect here that was never even hinted at in the 1970 version. So I cannot say, "Skip this one and go see the original." As much as I want you to see the original, I think this film has its merits. It certainly upped the sex and nudity, which may appeal to viewers.

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Release Date:

22 June 2007 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Czarodziej Gore See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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