Shot entirely on a high school stage, a group of storybook characters emerge from the book of Mother Goose leading to Old King Cole walking out of the book and into our world, followed by ... See full summary »
Shot entirely on a high school stage, a group of storybook characters emerge from the book of Mother Goose leading to Old King Cole walking out of the book and into our world, followed by Raggedy Ann, while other characters, including Merlin the Magician pop out of the book with the help of Mother Goose to bring her flock back into her book world. Written by
In 1967, gore/horror schlockmesister Hershall Gordon Lewis filmed a kid's stage show and tried to pass it off as a kiddie movie. One wonders if he made a buck off this thing, but you can't help thinking, looking at these hapless actors, that they could have been off protesting the war or listening to Blonde On Blonde.
Anyway, the stage show is totally absurd and uncinematic. The Actor playing King Cole does a manfull job of trying to hold the whole thing together, basicly ad-libbing much of his part as Merlin the Magician performs tricks using Mother Goose Characters with little motivation. The most striking thing here is the film's similarity to Lewis's nutball "The Wizard Of Gore". Call this "Wizard Of Gore Lite."
It's a terrible but one of a kind movie. At some point Christmas tie in inserts were included and the name was changed to "Santa Visits The Magic Land Of Mother Goose." This is what the Something Weird Video Version calls the film on the box, but it's version does not have the inserts. They make up for it by having a great selection of horrible kiddie movie trailers
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