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The Wizard of Gore (2007 film)

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The Wizard of Gore
DVD cover
Directed byJeremy Kasten
Written byZach Chassler
Produced byJeremy Kasten
Glenn W. Gardner
Christopher Duddy
Daniel Gold
Dan Griffiths
StarringKip Pardue
Bijou Phillips
Crispin Glover
Joshua Miller
Brad Dourif
Jeffrey Combs
CinematographyChristopher Duddy
Edited byJeremy Kasten
Music bySteve Porcaro
Open Sky Entertainment
Distributed byDimension Extreme
Genius Products
Release dates
  • June 22, 2007 (2007-06-22) (LAIFF)
  • August 19, 2008 (2008-08-19)
Running time
94 minutes
CountryUnited States

The Wizard of Gore is a 2007 splatter/noir horror film directed by Jeremy Kasten and starring Kip Pardue, Bijou Phillips, Crispin Glover, Joshua Miller, Brad Dourif, Jeffrey Combs, and the Suicide Girls.[1] The film is a remake of the 1970 Herschell Gordon Lewis film of the same name.[1]


A magician named Montag the Magnificent puts on elaborate magic shows in a dilapidated post-punk Los Angeles in which he seemingly kills, in brutal torturous fashions, beautiful young women who nevertheless appear alive and unharmed at the end of the trick. Later, however, the victims are found dead of the same wounds that Montag gave them. Ed Bigelow, a young journalist with a trust fund and vintage style, tries to solve the mystery, but ends up discovering that he may be more involved than he first thought.



The Wizard of Gore was filmed in Los Angeles and director Kasten refers to it as "love letter" to Downtown L.A.[citation needed]



The Wizard of Gore has an 80% approval rating at Rotten Tomatoes.[2]

Steve Barton of Dread Central rated the film 4 out of 5 and praised it saying "I applaud it for its overall insanity."[3] Another review at Dread Central rated the film 2 1/2 out of 5 and while the reviewer found the film "highly atmospheric" it was ultimately "a little too long."[4] Bloody Disgusting said "I’m partially (and sarcastically) impressed that someone could take The Wizard of Gore and make it worse."[1]


  1. ^ a b c Donato, Matt (February 3, 2023). "'The Wizard of Gore' – Only Crispin Glover Shines in 2007's Herschell Gordon Lewis Update". Retrieved March 7, 2024.
  2. ^ The Wizard of Gore at Rotten Tomatoes
  3. ^ Barton, Steve (18 August 2008). "Wizard of Gore, The (DVD)". Dread Central. Retrieved March 7, 2024.
  4. ^ "Wizard of Gore, The (2007)". Dread Central. July 23, 2007. Retrieved March 7, 2024.

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