directed by Herschell Gordon Lewis
Staying within the current trend I seem to have found myself within here, again, is yet another slab of grisly celluloid from the Godfather of Gore himself, Herschell Gordon Lewis. Released in 1970 this film oozes extravagance from every pore as Montag, who seems a little odd even for a magician, plies his mystical trade whilst waxing philosophical to anyone who cares to listen.
Even for an HGL film this is rather obscure, at times a little far fetched, but fear not there are plenty of scenes awash with claret and chunky viscera to make amends. Much like any other HGL release it doesn't fail to disappoint, the chapter index reads like a song list from an album by an atrocity obsessed metal band.
Montag is played brilliantly by Ray Sager (recently portrayed by Crispin Glover in a 2007 remake of the same name) who adds a certain creepy malevolence and macabre weight to the role making him a cinematic character you can't easily forget.
This film appears to have somewhat of a budget (perhaps being the first of HGL film to have such?) it boasts real sets, and surprise, surprise several competent actors. Don't be fooled, as it is however still an unmistakable beast from the HGL stable that is renowned for thoroughbreds heavily muscled in gore, camp and cheese.
So My 'take' on this film?
Give it a peak, it would play out especially well within a gathering sporting a copious amount of alcohol in attendance. Drinking games anyone?
and possibly a little Leary