Movie review: (horror/dark comedy) “The Wizard of Gore” (1970)

December 11, 2010 at 9:48 pm (dark comedy, horror, movies)

 WELL CHYAA, of course I’ve seen this movie before. Ever splatter fan on the planet has seen this movie before. But I just found out there was a remake made with Crispin Glover (squee!) so I decided to watch the original again before I check…ed it out.

LOVE. Now, mind you, this is not a good movie. This is a bad movie. A stunningly bad movie. But so bad it’s good, and so hilarious! And yep, HGL was a gore pioneer. There’s loads of gore and guts in this flick. But the nature of the gore is what makes it so dang funny.

When I was a kid, you could go into any grocery store, go to the meat department, and somewhere near the end of the meat case would be tubs and tubs and tubs of guts. Mixed chicken guts. Goat intestines. (Dude I grew up in AZ. Menudo, anybody?) Even sheep brains. You can still get all that stuff (well, probably not the sheep brains) if you go to an actual butcher shop, but you don’t see it justl lying around Safeway all that often.

Anyway. I digress. The director basically went out, bought pounds and pounds of this stuff, and used it in every gore scene. There’s gore aplenty, but none of it came from anything resembling a human, which is kind of hilarious. And when the evil “wizard” kills somebody, he plays in their guts. Seriously. He grabs some portion of inner chicken anatomy, squishes it and waves it around.

This is funny. It’s funny anytime, but it’s particularly funny if you watch it with a whole ot of friends. And, um, a whole lot of beer. Anyway, you either live Herschell Gordon Lewis or you don’t. I do. If you’re up for some icky good fun, rent this flick! But, um, don’t do it if chicken guts make you barf.

=Not rated
-4 out of 5 stars
-Probably OK for older teens into horror

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