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Saturday, 15 October 2016

The Wizard of Gore (1970)

Based on interviews, commentaries, etc. Herschell Gordon Lewis was an artless businessman and it shows in this film. The Wizard of Gore is simply a vehicle for the gore aspect and nothing more. He succeeds in providing shock and disgust as Montag the Magnificent mutilates his helpless volunteers on stage, all to the delight of his unsuspecting audience. Even today, some of the SFX are absolutely stomach-churning, while others couldn't possibly look more fake. All other scenes progressing the story are soulless and wooden. The film does harbor a hallucinatory atmosphere, not only in Montag's macabre performances but in the film's bizarre conclusion.

2 eye-gougings out of 5

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