Wizard of Gore

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A mysterious magician has some very unpleasant secrets in this gory tale of terror. Edmund Bigelow (Kip Pardue) is the publisher of Cacophony Gazette , a journal that covers the cutting edge of art and performance in California. Jaded Bigelow thinks he's seen it all until he and his girlfriend Maggie (Bijou Phillips) take in a show by Montag the Magician (Crispin Glover), who with the help of his sidekick the Geek (Jeffrey Combs) delivers a stomach-turning show in which he brings volunteers on stage and dismembers them, only to have his victims stagger off stage at the end of the show, shaken but still very much alive. Bigelow soon becomes obsessed with Montag's show and wants to know more about him and his illusions, but he suspects that there might be more to the magician's show than he imagined when maimed bodies start appearing all over L.A., and with the help of his pals Jinky (Joshua Miller) and Dr. Chong (Brad Dourif) they discover the bizarre secret behind Montag's hold over his audience. Based on a cult-favorite gore film from Hershel Gordon Lewis, The Wizard of Gore also features several members of the contemporary burlesque troupe the Suicide Girls as Montag's volunteers.

Cast

Kip Pardue
as Edmund Bigelow
Brad Dourif
as Dr. Chong
Crispin Glover
as Montag the Magnificent
Jeffrey Combs
as The Geek
Garz Chan
as Annie
Tim Chiou
as Chinese Mickey
Cricket DeManuel
as The Suicide Girls
Kenny Moskow
as Detective Packard
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Critic Reviews for Wizard of Gore

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  • Director Jeremy Kasten puts a fresh spin on the 1970 horror classic of the same name by Herschell Gordon Lewis.

    Nov 3, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • It's not really a scary movie, no matter how you slice it, but this remake offers plenty of the stuff promised in the title, in addition to a divertingly circuitous "whodunnit" aspect that works a bit better than one would expect.

    Aug 22, 2008 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • In this masterclass in the art of the remake, it is as though Herschell Gordon Lewis's frankly sub-par original has here metamorphosed into the gloriously head-messing sleazefest it might have been.

    Aug 19, 2008 | Full Review…
  • Sex, death, blood, and drugs, baby ... A wonderfully sleazy experience!

    Aug 18, 2008 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Wizard of Gore

  • Sep 30, 2009
    The Wizard of Gore is set in present day Los Angeles where Edmund Bigelow (Kip Pardue) publishes a small underground paper, always looking for the next big thing he decides to go to see a stage magician named Montag the Magnficent (Crispin Glover) after seeing an advertisement. Taking his girlfriend Maggie (Bijou Phillips) with him they are shocked & thrilled by Montag's performance & show in which he appears to rip the guts out of a stripper named Cayenne (Cricket Suicide) only for her to reappear moments later seemingly unharmed. Soon after Edmund hears a news report in which Cayneene's body has been found horribly mutilated & he makes the connection to Montag's show & start to investigate which results in mind bending hallucinations, drugs, mind control & a sinister plot as his life starts to fall apart as Edmund struggles to know the difference between reality & fantasy... Directed by Jeremy Kasten this is maybe a result of the recent spate of big budget Hollywood remakes of classic horror films such as Halloween (1978) & Friday the 13th (1980) & as such is a very loose remake of the low budget Herschell Gordon Lewis exploitation gore film The Wizard of Gore (1970) & I have to say I really wasn't that impressed with this confusing mess of a film. The original 170 The Wizard of Gore was a moderately effective exploitation film with some strong if fake looking gore & had a fairly simple & daft yet entertaining plot while the 2007 remake has a few flashes of gore which look more realistic but have less impact & are less frequent while the plot has been totally revamped & changed with Montag the Magnificent almost a secondary consideration as the script feels more like Naked Lunch (1991) with it's hallucinogenic & drug fuelled plot that gets very confused & has no big pay-off at the end either & the character of Edmund striking similarities to Peter Weller's character in Naked Lunch both visual & conceptual are not unnoticed. The script tries to set the events up as a mystery & some hallucinogenic drug plays a major role as the boundaries between fantasy & reality become blurred in some elaborate plan which just has the effect of the film going weird as you never really know what's going on & the script does a poor job of explaining itself as little resolved. The more I think about it the more the original The Wizard of Gore seems like a masterpiece compared to this. The 2007 The Wizard of Gore does actually look quite nice although it is set in the seedy sleazy underground world of the Los Angeles night life where everyone seems to have copious amounts of tattoo's, piercings & dress in fetish gear, unlike the 1970 The Wizard of Gore which was set very much in the real world the average person can relate too this one isn't. There's some style here with scenes mostly shot using neon lights although there are some seemingly random moments like the cross hatch grid that keeps flashing into view & distortion of background images for no apparent reason. I was disappointed with the gore here, most of Montag's tricks take place behind a literal smoke screen & little is seen, there's some blood splatter, a decapitation with a bear trap, some guts are pulled out, someone is burnt, someone is impaled on glass shards & rats heads are bitten off. One area where this one differs from the original is that there is lots of female nudity on show if that's your thing. Probably shot on a low budget this looks quite nice with decent production values & effects. The cast features some familiar faces including a barely recognisable Jeffrey Combs, Brad Douriff, the pretty Bijou Phillips with Crispin Glover as Montag in a really camp performance that makes the character just look silly rather than threatening or menacing. The Wizard of Gore is a low budget remake of a low budget film that didn't need or want a remake, in trying to make it substantially different it strays too far from the original's concepts & anyone who liked the original for what it was probably won't like this anywhere near as much.
    Cassandra M Super Reviewer
  • Nov 20, 2008
    Another one I may have liked more because I was sick as a filthy fuckin' animal. This is a weird remake of an equally weird film. Though Glover's Montag is fantastic, nothing can ever top Sager's wonderful performance. But why compare when the movies are so different? This flick has got Glover, Combs and Dourif, so that's 3 and 1/2 stars just for awesome casting, and the dude (Kip Pardue) who's the lead in this one is just a bizarre mix of Weller's William Burroughs and James LeGross. Fucked up, gory and entertaining, what more do you need?
    Christopher B Super Reviewer
  • Sep 07, 2008
    Didnt really follow the story and the way it plans out, very surreal and odd. I didnt really enjoy it to be honest, found it dull and dissapointing.
    Phil H Super Reviewer
  • Sep 06, 2008
    This movie was pretty good i did kinda expect alittle more from the cast and alot of the story is semi incoherent towards the end but the rest of the movie can and will keep you interested, The story centers around a illusionist played nice and weird by Crispin Glover as only he could do as he plays in underground clubs selecting women from the audience who he then appears to kill live on stage turns out its only slight of hand but then the girls start ending up dead and the real killer must be found. watch at your own risk cause i cant say this is gonna fit everyones taste also a remake of a Hershell Gordon Lewis Classic
    ken j Super Reviewer

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