Okay, horror fans. I know we’re tired of terrible remakes, but this one was an improvement. Primarily The Wizard of Gore revamp works because of all the Crispin Glover action! Perfect casting. Of course, I think any movie starring Crispin Glover has perfect casting.
So, this is a new, sleek version of the 1970 Herschell Gordon Lewis (dir. Color Me Blood Red, Two Thousand Maniacs) classic. I won’t deny that I’ve never seen the original, but based on the fact that it’s a 70’s horror film, and it can be had in those 18 movies for $5.00 Halloween set specials; it’s probably badly edited, really slowly paced, and just kind of lame. I know it pains some of you to hear this, especially those who enjoy the camp quality horror in the psychedelic age, but you must admit that those films do not live up to the standards of modern horror. We like them because they are bad. Case in point: Death Bed: The Bed that Eats.
I welcome this version of The Wizard of Gore, whose title alone was screaming for a reboot. This version of the film is sort of a horrific twist on vintage film noir style. We follow hipster newspaper reporter Edmund Bigelow (Kip Pardue) as he uncovers the reality behind the underground magic/murder show of Montag the Magnificent (Glover). Viewers of Montag’s show are left believing that he is merely a master of slight of hand, but the dismembered corpses that begin to show up reveal a different secret. The answer to the mystery is a little silly, most likely as a result of holding true to the original plot, but it doesn’t seem to steal away any entertainment from the show. There is plenty of gore to go around, but not so much that it becomes the most redeeming aspect of the movie; always a good sign that the plot holds up enough to overcome the necessity of shock value. And of course, if you like partially nude ladies then this is also a film to put on your “to see” list. Gals, brace yourselves for some extended moments of tolerating internet famous Suicide Girls, and their tattooed boobs. They did make an interesting utilization of the fact that one of the girls is an amputee, employing the handicap as a practical effect. If you’re like me, you’ll also appreciate the fact that there are some awesome cameos as well. Jeffrey Combs, star of every Stuart Gordon feature, and the supremely talented Brad Dourif are the most notable.
If you like kitsch, you’ll enjoy The Wizard of Gore.