Monday, September 12, 2011

The Wizard of Gore (2007)

Director: Jeremy Kasten

Starring: Kip Pardue, Bijou Phillips, Crispin Glover, Jeffrey Combs, Brad Dourif

More info: IMDb

Tagline: What are you afraid of?

Plot: Montag the Magnificent (Glover) is a master illusionist who performs at underground venues, selecting female volunteers from his rave-like audiences. To their hysteria, it appears he's dismembered their bodies, but his sleigh of hand has fooled them. However, female bodies show up dead from the same wounds performed on stage. Investigators are baffled, and the chase to find the killer begins.

My rating: 5/10

Will I watch it again? No.

Considering this has Glover, Dourif and Combs I was expecting more. Those guys were fun and the rest of the cast was good but it's much too long. It's just over 90 minutes but it feels like hours. It's got some really cool things going for it, too, that it sucks that I didn't dig it because it was such a slow burn and it felt like forever to get to the end. I like the look of the film. It's neat. It's kind of psychedelic noir. The main character looks like a cat from the 40s which is juxtaposed by most everyone else looking like their going to a biker/dominatrix convention. There's nudity all over the place, lots of gore and a pretty interesting story. But it's slow and that can kill anything. I guess I'll have to watch the 1970 Herschell Gordon Lewis original now to see how they compare. Geez.

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