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Simon, King of the Witches (1971)

 -  Horror  -  April 1971 (USA)
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Simon, a young man with magic power, invokes the help of the evil forces in order to take revenge of a man who cheated him with a bad cheque.

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Olivia Gebhart
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Secretary
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Norman Burton ...
Dist. Atty. Willard Rackum
Angus Duncan ...
Colin
Michael C. Ford ...
Shay
Ray Galvin ...
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Richard Ford Grayling ...
Det. John Peter
John Hart ...
Doctor
Art Hern ...
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Helen Jay ...
Mrs. Carter
Mike Kopsha ...
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Lee J. Lambert ...
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Simon, a young man with magic power, invokes the help of the evil forces in order to take revenge of a man who cheated him with a bad cheque.

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The Evil Spirit Must Choose Evil! See more »

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Screenwriter Robert Phippeny was an actual practicing warlock. See more »

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Simon Sinestrari: My boy, you don't know how important it is for a magician to have the right kind of workshop.
Turk: You gonna build a house?
Simon Sinestrari: A platform, properly stationed with regard to the magnetic poles, from which to launch forth my evil missile! With lumber by Wyman Brothers.
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Disappointing but not bad
13 November 2004 | by (Denver, Colorado and Santiago, Chile) – See all my reviews

I found this movie a little disappointing because I fell for the original advertising and was under the impression that 70's cult actor Andrew Prine would be playing a Manson-like cult leader. Instead Prine's character, Simon, is an actual warlock, although obviously not a very good one since has to live in the LA storm sewers. He also doesn't have much of a cult, just one dumb kid who follows him around like a puppy. At one point he does seduce a rich politician's daughter, but he is mostly interested in using her to cast a spell and has sex with her only as an afterthought. There is also a surprising homosexual subtext for a movie made at that time (although it is balanced out with abundant female nudity).

The movie is really only half-serious. The tone is often pretty campy. Prine is good, but he often seems to be poking fun at his own character. He is actually much more entertaining when he plays these kind of characters straight. Technically, this is probably a better movie than "Centerfold Girls", "Nightmare Circus" or other Prine vehicles, but I still maintain Prine would have made a great Charles Manson.


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