The Wizard of Gore – The Dungeon Review!

Friday night we watched The Wizard of Gore. It is a remake of the 1970 film directed by Herschell Gordon Lewis. I have included the film trailer for your review. Read below to see what the Dungeon thought of this film.

wizard-of-gore-poster-21The action revolves around maniacal magician Montag. Each Night he hosts a show where he gleefully slaughters a woman in the audience in a horribly graphic and nasty way. He then closes the act with the girls returning to the stage unharmed. Enter the newspaper journalist and his girlfriend who stumble upon the show one summers eve. The journalist is mystified and attends again the next night. When he learns that one of the girls from the show has turned up dead he is impelled to attend once more. He quickly becomes obsessed, attending shows nightly. With each viewing his sanity disintegrates. This character suffers from a series of bizarre and sometimes incomprehensible hallucinations throughout the film. It is often difficult to tell where reality ends and hallucination begins. We learn why he is having the episodes and how Montag is able to “will” the girls on to the stage. But in the end you are left with more questions then answers. Kip Purdue plays our journalist Edmond Bigalow. He looks like the captain of the football team. He has this private dick from the 1920’s thing going on that just got under my skin. I thought he was a bad choice for the role. Bijou Phillips was pretty unforgettable as the girlfriend. And is the only women to get on stage and not get naked. I did enjoy Brad Dourif as the pimp drug dealer guy though. The saving grace was definitely the Montag shows. Crispin Glover is delightful as the misanthrope maniac. There is some decent production value and some great gore. There is one death involving a broom and a towel that left me feeling completely disgusted and suitably impressed. There is not nearly enough Montag in the film to save it. The film definitely has its moments but its needlessly confusing subplot bogs it down. They upped the ante on the gore and the nudity but they failed to capture the genuine creepiness of Lewis’ original. Overall I would say it is worth the price of a rental for the Montag shows alone.

Dungeon Rating 3/5

Directed by: Jeremy Kasten

Starring: Kip Pardue, Bijou Phillips, Crispin Glover, Jeffrey Combs, Brad Dourif, Joshua John Miller, Garz Chan, Tim Chiou, Evan Seinfeld, Amina Munster, Flux Suicide, Cricket Suicide and Nixon Suicide

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