An existentialist {{Gorn}} movie by Creator/HerschellGordonLewis, previously known for ''Film/BloodFeast'', ''A Taste of Blood'', and ''The Gruesome Twosome'', ''The Wizard of Gore'' follows Sherry Carson, a TV Show host, and her fiance, Jack, as they try to unravel the mystery of Montag the Magnificent, a stage magician whose volunteers wind up dead after the show in a fashion identical to their on-stage "death".

The special effects were horrifically bloody for their time but have not aged well. The acting is amateurish. The movie delights in ShockingSwerve after Shocking Swerve. But overall, it is not an experience to be missed.

In 2007, a remake was made with Creator/CrispinGlover in the role of Montag the Magnificent.


* AllJustADream: Implied to be the case. Until, of course, the credits ask, OrWasItADream?
* TheCuckooLanderWasRight: Greg doesn't really offer anything in the way of explanations and is justifiably getting on the nerves of all the policemen, but after killing Montag, Greg convinces absolutely everyone, including the policemen who are there to find out who the murderer is *after* Montag's act, that he pushed Montag into the fire because Montag had hypnotized all of them and was somehow trying to harm them--except he's not sure how. Also, he points out that he saw their hands were all bleeding for a reason he can't explain, but the blood is gone now. Further, everyone except him was being hypnotized because he wasn't paying attention to Montag when Montag was staring at the camera, and he was the *only* person lucky enough to be too distracted to pay attention out of nothing but boredom. Not one person questions his totally absurd and psychotic explanation and everyone considers it the truth, even though no one thought Montag was the killer to begin with and there isn't any evidence whatsoever to back up his explanation of why he just murdered Montag or that Montag had killed anyone at all.
* DissonantSerenity: During the on-stage murders, the scene periodically cuts back to what the audience is seeing, which is a perfectly mundane magic trick punctuated by almost complete silence.
* {{Gorn}}: One woman gets cut up with a chainsaw. One gets a railroad spike through the head. Another is perforated with a punch press. All scenes include huge gouts of blood and shots of Montag gleefully yanking out handfuls of brains and guts.
* HypnoticEyes: Implied to be Montag's power complete with long closeups of the actor's face, staring fiercely at the camera. Very long closeups...
* KillItWithFire: [[spoiler:Montag is shoved into mysterious flames by Jack, apparently ending his reign of terror]].
* LampshadeHanging: After the death of [[spoiler:Montag]], two characters are shown discussing how his death made no sense at all.
* MassHypnosis: Implied to be how Montag prevents his audience from realizing he's murdering people onstage. His final plot is to [[spoiler:hypnotize the entire audience of the TV show and... do something.]]
* PsychicNosebleed: The morgue attendant when Montag freezes him with a gesture. Later revealed to have died.
* RedFilterOfDoom: Used during the inexplicable mausoleum scenes.
* SoundtrackDissonance: When Montag is ripping apart his victims, cheery jazz tunes play.
* YouBastard: During his final stage show in the movie, Montag discusses how much humans are fascinated with violence. He stares directly at the camera as he says, "You want this to happen."