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Simon, King of the Witches (1971)

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

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Bruce Kessler

Writer:

Robert Phippeny
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Andrew Prine ... Simon Sinestrari
Brenda Scott ... Linda Rackum
George Paulsin George Paulsin ... Turk
Norman Burton ... Willard Rackum
Gerald York Gerald York ... Hercules
Ultra Violet ... Sarah
Michael C. Ford Michael C. Ford ... Shay
Lee J. Lambert Lee J. Lambert ... Troy
William Martel William Martel ... Commissioner Dan Davies
Angus Duncan Angus Duncan ... Colin
Richmond Shepard ... Stanley
Richard Ford Grayling Richard Ford Grayling ... Det. John Peter
Allyson Ames Allyson Ames ... Olivia Gebhart
Harry Rose Harry Rose ... Landlord
Dean Cromer Dean Cromer ... Lab Technician (as Mike Kopcha)
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Storyline

Simon Sinestrari is one of the few true male witches that exist. His ultimate goal is to leave the earth to become a god, and the time for this event is at hand. Is Simon capable of fooling the gods, and will his normal friends be an aid or a problem to the process?

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The Black Mass... The Spells... The Incantations... The Curses... The Ceremonial Sex... See more »

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Horror

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

April 1971 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Simon, King of the Warlocks See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Production Co:

Fanfare Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

Some of the female extras in the black mass sequence were actual practicing witches. See more »

Quotes

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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Featured in Dusk to Dawn Drive-In Trash-o-Rama Show Vol. 1 (1996) See more »

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Disappointing but not bad
13 November 2004 | by lazarilloSee 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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