The Late Show
The Wizard Of Gore (1970)
Our Harry Potter weekend didn’t leave us with much room for other movies besides our weekly Friday night Late Show, so we’re dedicating this single-screening event to a very, very different sort of wizard in Herschell Gordon Lewis’ famous splatter movie.
Is it magic? Or wholesale slaughter? Montag the Magnificent (Ray Sager), The Wizard of Gore, is a seedy small time magician with a shocking stage act. Hypnotizing pretty young women from the audience to be his obedient volunteers, Montag then proceeds to mutilate them in a series of Grand Guignol illusions. A woman is cut in half with a chainsaw, another is drilled through the stomach with a giant punch press, a metal spike is driven through one gal’s head, and two ladies are forced to swallow swords. Trouble is, after the show, the “illusions” become all too horribly real. Blood, guts, and offbeat surrealism in another crackpot classick from “The Wizard of Gore” himself, director Herschell Gordon Lewis.