Low-budget film about a young man given a mystical medallion by an Aztec shaman, in order to become a puma-empowered champion like his father before him. In trying to initially locate the ... See full summary »
Alberto De Martino
Walter George Alton,
Miguel Ángel Fuentes
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
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When Susan and Madeline talk outside Merlin's shop, a van on the road behind them disappears between shots, a car parked by the sidewalk vanishes, and some vehicles roll by twice. See more »
Listen to me, Obi-Wan! Either you give me something to write home about, or your quaint little shop is history. Do you hear me, old man? Do you know who I am? *I* am the Supreme Being! I chew places like this up and spit them into the toilet! I'm going to give you one last chance. You prove to me that you're Merlin the Sorcerer... or get off the pot.
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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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