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Merlin's Shop of Mystical Wonders (1996)

Unrated | | Fantasy, Horror | Video 27 August 1996
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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Cast overview, first billed only:
George Milan ...
John Terrence ...
Patricia Sansone ...
Madeline Cooper (as Pat Sansone)
Mark Hurtado ...
Nicholas Noyes ...
Hillary Young ...
Nicholas' Mother
Julia Leigh Miller ...
Antique Store Clerk
Ben Sussman ...
Jake Cosgrove
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)


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.


Fantasy | Horror


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27 August 1996 (USA)  »

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Antykwariat Merlina  »

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Outside Merlin's shop, above Susan when she says to Nicholas, "Did you see where Mommy put her keys?" See more »


Merlin: Excuse me, but have you seen my little monkey?
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17 June 2003 | by See all my reviews

This is a truly magical episode of MST3K. Though the movie itself is stupid beyond telling, the episode is arguable the most funny I`ve ever seen. My dad thinks it is anyhow. From the opening lines thrown out by Mike and the `Bots ("Let`s predict some crap" "I forsee I`m gonna get hammered" "Is there a cheaper vodka than Popov?" "The ants have been screwing with her like that for years") to the part when Jonathan confronts Merlin ("I bid you lick me") to when Jonathan fights his cat ("So the cat`s flesh was roasted" "No Grandpa, no!" "Sit down, you`re gonna listen- The cat`s flesh melted, the horrible screams!" "No grandpa!" "Heh heh") to the cheesy 80s part ("Yep, that first morning beer is always the best!") and the priceless finishing line, which is so memorable that it begs full transcription. Contrary to what some of these commentators have said here (and I`m not blaming them), Crow, not Servo, says "Remember to believe in magic...Or I`ll kill you." This episode truly made me believe in magic.

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