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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 »

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Jeremy Kasten

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Zach Chassler, Herschell Gordon Lewis (based upon the motion picture)
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Cast

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)
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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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What are you afraid of?

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

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 June 2007 (USA) See more »

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Gore Massacre See more »

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Dolby Digital

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Color

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1.85 : 1
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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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The maddest show ever shown
16 October 2011 | by chaos-rampantSee all my reviews

I haven't seen the original HG Lewis film this is based on, but his reputation as a PT Barnum of basement-bargain schlock could not prepare me for this. It is actually a clever self-referential movie about horror, and I reckon we haven't had one that cuts as incisively in what it means to want to see beyond the pale since Peeping Tom.

It's a simple idea, very smart; a magician who every night stages a different horror movie, but always the one we paid to see. He purports to offer us a glimpse of our insides, quite literally so, but of course we can wave it away as a trick of smoke and mirrors. The gruesome event is framed, thus obscured, reversed, in a smoke mirror.

His victims, always females, he seems to select from a nearby stripping joint. The girls are again stripped naked for a paying audience. So the fantasy about the naked flesh is transferred from one place inside another, except now as meant to dispel the safety of illusions.

All of this is being investigated by a guy who dresses up like a reporter or private dick from the 40's, he's into it for the scoop. He assembles together the plot that we see, doing the detective work for us like in a Philip Marlow film.

It should have been really good by all accounts, the material is at least right. What appears the incomprehensible rumblings of a feverish mind - our reporter is under the grip of a powerful hallucinogen - makes sense if we understand what side of the mirror we're looking from.

So of course the magician is the trick, the stage of illusions supplied by the mind. It vindicates the destructive impulses that we come to know he harbors in reality, allowing the unspeakable to be articulated as a show. However madly. It's all an essay on the machinations that take place inside from our position as horror viewers.

What lets it down for me is first the haphazard technique, a lot of dutch angles for no reason - but which of course the filmmaker would justify as reflecting a skewed state of mind -, I can look past this, and second the desire to pursue clues right to the end in an effort to piece together for us 'what really happened'. Sooner or later this type of fictions must probe into the nature of abstractions, the film has its work already laid out with the stageshow, it's a perfect allusion to what we are watching from our end, the trick with smoke and mirrors, yet goes on to dangle a piece of string in our faces.

So, in 20 words or less: imagine Naked Lunch re-assembled as a lengthy Masters of Horror episode - the murky colors, the hard lights and DV look - by a filmmaker with aspirations to articulate in feverish weirdness a little of what he has seen from Lynch or Greenaway.

It may not look that way, but it's actually one of the more interesting straight-out horror films of the last 10 years.


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