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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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Grandfather
George Milan ...
Bunny Summers ...
Zurella
John Terrence ...
Patricia Sansone ...
Madeline Cooper (as Pat Sansone)
Mark Hurtado ...
Grandson
Nicholas Noyes ...
Nicholas
Hillary Young ...
Nicholas' Mother
Julia Leigh Miller ...
Antique Store Clerk
Ben Sussman ...
Jake Cosgrove
Randy Chandler ...
Burglar
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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27 August 1996 (USA)  »

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Antykwariat Merlina  »

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During Merlin's final scene, as his head goes back, one of the rocks folds back. See more »

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Jonathan Cooper: 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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TRULY A GEM AMONGST HORRIBLE MOVIES
10 April 2004 | by See all my reviews

Really....this is a hilarious MST3K episode...this film must have been made for MST3K one would like to think. But as that is not the case I can only say: WHAT THE HELL HAPPENED?! How did this movie ever get made? I love bad movies...but this is something beyond anything I've ever seen. THat it's from 1996 is also something I cannot believe. Who in their right mind joins a project like this? The biggest mystery in this movie is how the hell someone authorized it and got actors to actually play in it (of course..not all of them seem to do so) This is just ...a huge mystery of a film. I thank MST3K for showing it to me. It's really a gem amongst hugely crappy films. It's nice to see how bad a movie actually can get. Someone should really have made documentary about this movie and interviewed the people behind it. It would really solve one of the worlds biggest mysteries. Even the title of the movie is totally messed up. It should be "MERLIN'S SHOP OF KILLER TOYS" But..oh that would probably make it seem more predictable...uhm?


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