3 / 5
Tagline: The Maniac Magician Whose Tricks Really Work!
Directed by: Herschell Gordon Lewis
Written by: Allen Kahn
Actors include: Ray Sager, Judy Cler, Wayne Ratay
Length: 95 minutes
I do so love Herschell Gordon Lewis movies and if you've seen any you should have an idea what to expect. Firstly the budget is pretty much nil, and gross out effects are well sort of cheesy and excessive but delightful. What spoils this one is the erm plot. It starts out intriguingly enough, Montag (a dude with funny eyebrows and a cardboard sign) is a magician. His big trick is mutilating (in some way) a woman on stage only to have her appear unharmed. Hours later though whatever he did onstage seems to happen in reality and the women die. Why? Well you are never going to find out how or why because Herschell plum forgot to explain anything (or at least so it makes sense). Entertaining is the fact that for the audience shots he looks like he had about 30 seconds of footage and reused them over and over again throughout the entire film. It's got the guts but not the glory...it is actually the worst of his bloody films by some margin. Still if you like absurdity and films that are so bad they are hilarious this is one you won't want to miss, all others should avoid like the plague!
Availability: On DVD