The Wizard of Gore

1970

Action / Horror

18
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Spilled 45%
IMDb Rating 5.5 10 2702

Synopsis


Uploaded By: OTTO
Downloaded 8,117 times
October 19, 2015 at 05:56 PM

720p.BLU 1080p.BLU
755.64 MB
1280*720
English
23.976 fps
1hr 35 min
P/S 2 / 0
1.44 GB
1920*1080
English
23.976 fps
1hr 35 min
P/S 3 / 1

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by Anonymous Andy (Minus_The_Beer) 7 / 10

Nobody Beats the Wiz!

If you never had any reason to be suspicious of magicians, well, strap in for "The Wizard of Gore." Herschell Gordon Lewis' 1970 cult splatter fest introduces us to Montag (Ray Sager), a vicious virtuoso with a seemingly psychic link to his audience. As his skeptical patrons look on, he prompts random "volunteers" (usually of the buxom and blonde variety) to participate in his nightly show- stopper. Seemingly hypnotized, these poor women are strapped in place as the titular wizard appears to make mince meat of their fine figures. But wait, there's more! After playing around with their guts, Montag sends them back into the audience, and back to their evening they go, inexplicably turning up dead the next day. Lather, rinse, repeat. After watching this about three or four times, a TV reporter and her boyfriend (Judy Cler and Wayne Ratay) launch an impromptu investigation into the wonders of Montag's wizardry. Is it all an illusion? Or is he a maniacal, if inventive serial killer?

Shot with all the precision of a drunk dad filming a grade-school talent show, "The Wizard of Gore" is an admittedly cheap affair. Lewis clearly spent what little budget he had on the gore effects (read: re-purposed sheep carcasses) and left little room for hiring actors or a competent director of photography. This doesn't work against the film. If anything, the lack of refinement only adds to its charm. The gore looks real because, well, it is real, and the lead actors have chemistry even as they try not to giggle their way through the whole thing. Judy Cler, in particular, deserves an honorary Oscar for carrying the weight of the film on her shoulders. She is in turns funny and feisty, and proves to be a worthy adversary for Sager's smug svengali. Sager, for his part, does his best as he gleefully toys with his participants' giblets. It's all a little revolting here in 2017, especially a scene in which a metal spike is put through a woman's head while Montag roots around in her eye sockets. So, needless to say, it shocked audiences back in the day who somehow stumbled upon it by misfortune or fate, just as it will you, should you choose to settle in with it some bored, sleepless night.

"The Wizard of Gore" is a schlocky shocker of the highest variety. True, it's not for everyone, but Lewis was clearly onto something here. Birthing a style that Tobe Hooper would turn onto the mainstream a few years later and which Rob Zombie would... well, whatever Rob Zombie is doing these days, Lewis eschews standard film-making conventions for something more efficient, effective and downright surreal than the average exploitation fare. Don't be surprised if you find yourself needing a shower afterwards, but if nothing else, this "Wizard" does not fail to entertain.

Reviewed by mylimbo 6 / 10

Now that's a stage act!

Well, I just got through my first experience of film-maker Herschell Gordon Lewis; "The Wizard of Gore". The pioneer of gore.

Quite a pleasant surprise. Still there are obvious flaws (wooden acting led by Judy Cler and drawn-out pacing could have seen certain sequences trimmed), but I was simply engaged by this seedy, crackpot, low-budget exploitation. There's a certain charm to the Grand Guignol shocks. Primitive style, but it's creatively staged and fairly unpredictable despite its outrageous, low-rent execution. Some moments had me snickering, especially that of the character's reactions to what's occurring and eye-boggling plot developments.

Ray Sager's oddball turn as the subtly menacing small-time magician Montag the Magnificent is a delight. While his unconventional handy-work is a neat mix of raw blood and guts drenched with its strange sense of surrealism. Intentional or not with its strange turn of events(?)... It interestingly does blur the line, between reality and fantasy. The haphazard editing that pieces the scenes together, almost makes it feel like you're part of the illusion.

Reviewed by tomgillespie2002 2 / 10

A massive drag at 95 minutes

Although he never again reached the dizzy 'heights' of his breakthrough Blood Feast (1963), I find myself repeatedly and inexplicably drawn to the seemingly endless works of the 'Godfather of Gore', Herschell Gordon Lewis. The films of Lewis, who sadly passed away just two months ago, continued on a steady decline from the just-about-bearable to the outright unwatchable after bringing blood and guts to the drive-in audience for the first time. Two Thousand Maniacs! (1964) was quite fun, and Color Me Blood Red (1965) had its moments, but by the time he reached The Wizard of Gore in 1970, his work had become entirely incoherent and just plain boring.

Magician Montag the Magnificent (Ray Sager) entertains disinterested crowds at night, introducing his act by condemning his fellow performers and promising to truly deliver what the audience has come to see. He doesn't merely do the girl-cut-in-two trick, but chainsaws a poor lady in half and then plays around in her guts. Moments later, she is fine, and the audience lap it up. Only a few hours later, the girl drops dead in a restaurant in two pieces. TV personality Sherry Carson (Judy Cler), who frequently attends Montag's show with her boyfriend Jack (Wayne Ratay). longs to get the entertainer on her show. But as more bizarre murders occur, Sherry and Jack feel that the sinister goings-on point straight to Montag.

He may not be a magician and he certainly isn't a wizard, but Montag the Magnificent is one hell of a hypnotist. During his many shows, in which Montag murders and dismembers various pretty ladies in a variety of grisly ways (punch press, sword swallowing, knife in the ear, etc.), his audience are placed in a trance as Montag fondles what must have been brought in from the local butchers. As the actual audience watching this mess, we are treated to both the illusion and reality, making for a incredibly confusing and badly- edited watch. The usual Lewis tropes of terrible acting, cheap- looking sets and laughable special effects (see the moment Sager clearly has trouble popping out an eyeball) are all present, but the worst sin of all is that The Wizard of Gore is a massive drag at a whopping 95 minutes. There's gore-a-plenty, but nothing else. And if anybody knows what that ending is about, please let me know.

Read more IMDb reviews

0 Comments

Be the first to leave a comment