Usually when we talk about the current wave of horror remakes, the conversation has to do with well-known titles like Dawn of the Dead, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, or The Omen, but the guys over at Open Sky Entertainment decided to set their sights on a lesser-known piece of low-budget genre cheese. This explains why we'll soon be seeing a remake of Herschell Gordon Lewis' 1970 grindhouse semi-classic The Wizard of Gore. Well, maybe you won't be seeing it, but I know I will be.

Written by first-timer Zach Chassler and directed by Jeremy Kasten (All Souls Day, The Attic Expeditions), the new-fangled Wizard of Gore was barely on my radar screen before the Bloody Disgusting gang reminded me that the flick was almost finished ... and get this cast: Kip Pardue, Bijou Phillips, Crispin Glover, Brad Dourif, and Jeffrey Combs! Not too shabby!

The original flick had to do with a malevolent mind-controlling magician who could compel his subjects to do truly nasty things onstage ... and I'm guessing the remake will stick close to that concept. (Yes, Mr. Glover is playing the maniacal magician, and you just know that's gotta be worth the rental fee.) No release date has been announced just yet, but BD.com snagged a pretty slick poster off of IMDb, so go on and give it a look-see.

Incidentally, another H.G. Lewis remake just hit the DVD shelves recently; Tim Sullivan's 2001 Maniacs is, of course, a remake of the old-school splatter king's 2000 Maniacs -- only with one extra maniac.