Wizard of Gore (1970)

You know they remade this H.G. Lewis cult classic, right? It’s out this year and it stars Crispin Glover as Montag the Magnificent. Surely, it’s got to look better than the original Wizard of Gore. That would be no magic trick.

But can you really manufacture a cult classic? The original Wizard of Gore is loved not for its triumphs, but for its faults. The blood is too red, the gore is too fake, the monologues are too long, and the acting is too poor. So what? That’s why people seek out the original.

Sure, I’ll see the new one. I’ll even try to have an open mind, but you can’t willfully make a bad film, nor should you try. Was it Basho who warned people not to walk in the footsteps of others, but to seek what they sought? The same advice should be forwarded to those producing re-makes.


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