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Merlin's Shop of Mystical Wonders (1996)

Unrated | | Fantasy, Horror | Video 26 November 2015
Two creepy "horror" films joined together by Merlin's Shop which is, in turn, introduced by a Grandpa telling the story.

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George Milan ...
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John Terrence ...
Patricia Sansone ...
Madeline Cooper (as Pat Sansone)
Mark Hurtado ...
Nicholas Noyes ...
Hillary Young ...
Julia Leigh Miller ...
Ben Sussman ...
Randy Chandler ...
Bob Mendelsohn ...
David Andrews (archive footage) (as Bob Mendlesohn)
Struan Robertson ...
Michael Andrews (archive footage)
Bruce Parry ...
Pete (archive footage)
Vicki Saputo ...
Susan (archive footage)
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This is a movie within a TV movie within a made-for-video movie. A boy is watching TV when a power outage forces him to talk to his grandpa for entertainment. His grandpa, a former screenwriter, re-tells an old screenplay about Merlin's Shop of Mystical Wonders. In it, Merlin sets up an enchanting store in a modern-day strip mall, accompanied by his gleeful wife and gnomes, snakes, dragons, etc. From this framing device, we then see two stories about people's encounters with items from the shop. The first sequence (created for this film but looking like an episode of "Tales From The Darkside") involves a pompous, cranky newspaper critic who begins casting spells using Merlin's spell book. The second story, an edited version of the full length movie, The Devil's Gift, is about an evil monkey doll (you know, the wicked grin and the cymbals?) who kills every time his hands clap. Merlin of the 1990s is disjointedly tied-in with the 1980 movie. Written by Michael "Rabbit" Hutchison <rabhutch@spacestar.net>

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In a world where magic truely (sic) exists, anything can happen.

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Fantasy | Horror

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26 November 2015 (Germany)  »

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Antykwariat Merlina  »

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Michael's birthday cake and candles change between shots. See more »

Quotes

Merlin: Excuse me, but have you seen my little monkey?
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Edited from The Devil's Gift (1984) See more »

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Excruciatingly Painful
21 July 2001 | by (Fairbanks, U.S. Territory of Alaska) – See all my reviews

Out of my entire life thus far, through severe heartbreak and some minor jailtime included, this was about 90 of the WORST minutes of my life. What boggles my mind is how it could have so many votes of "10" - give me a break!!! I give this a -235. MST3K is definitely the choice version, otherwise you'd be better off killing yourself than watching this.


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