Monday, June 28, 2010

Review: Wizard of Gore

There are many genre's that come to mind when thinking about the schlock of the movie world, but none have been so grand as the Exploitation film. An exploitation film is a type of film that is promoted by "exploiting" often lurid subject matter. It has also been the main source of many spin off genres: Blaxsploitation, Sexploitation, Nazisploitation, spaghetti westerns and many more. Today I offer a tribute to the world of exploitation by doing a review of a movie directed by the God father of exploitation films HG Lewis. The film I have chosen to review is often hailed as his most well known and most popular film; The Wizard of Gore. A film starring Ray Sager as Montag...THE MAGNIFICENT, and Judy Cler as Sharron Carson.

This film is almost infamous for its campy effects, slightly incoherent but original story, and its almost ridiculous ending. Now normally this would entail a negative review, but as a cheap exploitation flick I found it very entertaining and loads of fun. The effects are what offers most of the movies appeal as you see the cheesy fake blood and organs being squished in the hands of Montag...THE MAGNIFICENT! Loud and obnoxious screaming along with jumpy and inconsistent music will fill your ears ten minutes at a time as you watched them get "Slaughtered" in various and funny ways.

Now, it has been brought to my attention that there is a remake lurking around, but I can assure, much like Plan 9 From Outer Space, the remake is just a lose touch in what made the original fun and entertaining.

Review: 3 out of 5

High replay value, fun to watch, but also can get lost in the world of exploitation as nothing huge and its plot is still a bit incoherent at times.
(originally posted on the Forums)

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