THE WIZARD OF GORE

Herschell Gordon Lewis, USA, 1970, JM, Horror

“THE WIZARD OF GORE > THE PRESTIGE > THE ILLUSIONIST.” -- Justin LaLiberty, Letterboxd

“The penultimate horror film from H.G. Lewis, THE WIZARD OF GORE is one of his most thematically audacious works. Using his love of illusion as a backdrop, Herschel weaves the disturbing tale of Montag The Magnificent (Ray Sager), a magician in the Grand Guignol tradition whose grisly stage mutilations become real just hours after the audience leave the theater.

As Montag's illusions become bloody reality, spellbound audience member Sherry (Judy Cler) gets the reluctant magician on her daytime TV show: ‘Housewives' Coffee Break’. When Montag agrees, he stares into the camera and hypnotizes the viewing audience, planning to immolate them…

There is much about the plot that makes little or no sense: bloodstains mysteriously appear then disappear on various hands, and just why does Montag steal the bodies of all his victims from the morgue? These are never explained, yet that gives the film the kind of surreal, nightmarish quality permeating some of the best episodes of ‘The Twilight Zone’.” (John Harrison, Reel Wild Cinema)

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Details

  • 95 min.
  • Color
  • 1.85:1

Formats

  • DCP

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