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November 1967 (USA) See more »
Boris Karloff He Turns Them On...He Turns Them or KILL!
The great hypnotist Professor Montserrat has developed a technique for controlling the minds, and sharing the sensations... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Boris Karloff ... Prof. Marcus Monserrat
Catherine Lacey ... Estelle Monserrat
Elizabeth Ercy ... Nicole

Ian Ogilvy ... Mike Roscoe
Victor Henry ... Alan
Sally Sheridan ... Laura Ladd (as Dani Sheridan)
Alf Joint ... Ron, the mechanic
Meier Tzelniker ... The Jewish Baker
Gerald Campion ... Customer in China Shop

Susan George ... Audrey Woods

Ivor Dean ... Insp. Matalon
Peter Fraser ... Detective George
Martin Terry ... Tobacconist
Bill Barnsley ... Constable in Fur Store
Maureen Booth ... Dancer (as Maureen Boothe)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Toni Daly ... Vocalist (uncredited)
Arnold L. Miller ... Taxi driver (uncredited)

Directed by
Michael Reeves 
Writing credits
Michael Reeves (screenplay) and
Tom Baker (screenplay)

John Burke (idea)

Produced by
Patrick Curtis .... producer
Arnold L. Miller .... executive producer
Tony Tenser .... producer
Michael Reeves .... producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Paul Ferris 
Cinematography by
Stanley A. Long (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Susan Michie 
David Woodward 
Ralph Sheldon (uncredited)
Art Direction by
Tony Curtis 
Makeup Department
Geoffrey Rodway .... makeup artist (as Geoff Rodway)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Keith Wilkinson .... assistant director
Art Department
Jack Palmer .... construction manager
Sound Department
Ken Osborne .... sound mixer
Mike Payne .... boom operator
Jack Silk .... stunt driver (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Maurice Corcoran .... gaffer
Don Lord .... camera assistant
John Mantell .... camera operator
Gordon Thornton .... camera assistant
Music Department
Paul Ferris .... conductor
Other crew
Sheila Miller .... production secretary
Doreen Soan .... continuity

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86 min
Color (Eastmancolor) (uncredited)
Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
Iceland:16 | Spain:13 | UK:X (original rating) | UK:15 (tv rating) | UK:15 (video rating) (2002) (2003) | USA:Unrated | West Germany:16

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The address given on the business card for Roscoe's antique shop, The Glory Hole, is the actual location used in the film, 95 Lisson Grove.See more »
Continuity: In the car chase near the end of the movie, Mike, in the Jaguar, is pursued by a police car. In the front seat of the police car are two uniformed cops on the outside and the girlfriend in the center. In the back seat the detective in the trench coat is on the left, the mechanic is on the right, and another uniformed cop in the center. After Mike hits the brakes and the cop car overshoots an intersection, Mike speeds off. However when the police car backs up and resumes the chase, only the detective is visible in the back seat. The mechanic and one uniformed cop are not visible as the car backs up and speeds after Mike.See more »
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23 out of 28 people found the following review useful.
Tenser and denser than most Brit horror flicks, 8 January 2005
Author: Oct ( from London, England

Those commenters who have lamented the invisibility of Michael Reeves's second feature will be glad to know it was networked on Britain's biggest channel, BBC1, on 7 January. "The Sorcerers" is one of the movies that makes one feel a fresh evaluation of Tony Tenser's Tigon (and of Amicus, the other little brother of Hammer in the spooky and gory area) is overdue.

No need to exaggerate the merits of this prentice work by the 23-year-old Great White Forlorn Hope. It has the budget and look of a made-for-television movie (Euston Films, maybe?) and falls somewhere between "Peeping Tom" and "Performance" in its conflation of traditional horror/fantasy and Swinging London elements. The first scene of Karloff sparring with a newsagent recalls Miles Malleson poring over dirty postcards in Michael Powell's masterwork. Ian Ogilvy's eternal triangle in and around a nightclub-- interrupted by the increasingly criminal forays on which he is sent by the mind-controlling Montserrats-- has a touch of James Fox's peregrinations as the hoodlum whose brain is warped by contact with Mick Jagger and Anita Pallenberg.

Like Fox, Ogilvy was a public schoolboy (Eton) here convincingly playing rough trade. His junk shop, cheekily named "The Glory Hole", is in Lisson Grove, not far from the infamous Bayswater pad of "Performance". A comparison of Reeves and Donald Cammell as sceptical observers of the Flower Power era might keep a film studies thesis-writer busy.

However, the film belongs to Karloff and Catherine Lacey, the puppetmasters of mesmerism. Boris, aged 80, is doing his last work in his native land. He is clearly tired and spends most of the runtime sitting or sprawling. He is in his mellow, "Targets" phase: bearded, gaunt, hollow-eyed and lined, that beautifully sepulchral voice still able to veer from sinister implication to moral authority within a few syllables. After a career of kindly spinsters, Miss Lacey must have relished her Grand Guignol, orgasmic turn as the wife who has to dominate her hubby before she can possess a younger male psyche and make Ogilvy into a serial killer.

Connoisseurs of Britflix will enjoy spotting Gerald Campion, the former Billy Bunter of BBC TV, as a queer customer of The Glory Hole; Susan George, junior sexpot, just 17 and already acting like a hardened good time girl; Meier Tzelniker, stalwart of the Yiddish theatre and singer of "Nausea" in "Expresso Bongo", as a café owner; Alf Joint, veteran stuntman, as the repair shop foreman; and Ivor Dean as the archetypal CID man with belted mac and pipe.

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