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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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Kenneth J. Berton
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ernest Borgnine ... Grandfather
George Milan George Milan ... Merlin
Bunny Summers ... Zurella
John Terrence John Terrence ... Jonathan Cooper III
Patricia Sansone Patricia Sansone ... Madeline Cooper
Mark Hurtado Mark Hurtado ... Grandson
Nicholas Noyes Nicholas Noyes ... Nicholas
Hillary Young Hillary Young ... Nicholas' Mother
Julia Leigh Miller Julia Leigh Miller ... Antique Store Clerk (as Julia Miller)
Ben Sussman Ben Sussman ... Peddler in park (Jake Cosgrove)
Randy Chandler Randy Chandler ... Burglar
Bob Mendelsohn Bob Mendelsohn ... David Andrews (archive footage) (as Bob Mendlesohn)
Struan Robertson Struan Robertson ... Michael Andrews (archive footage)
Bruce Parry Bruce Parry ... Pete (archive footage)
Vicki Saputo Vicki Saputo ... Susan (archive footage)
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

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

Genres:

Fantasy | Horror

Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 August 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Petaluma, California, USA

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Runtime:

| (DVD)

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

Featured on "Mystery Science Theater 3000". See more »

Goofs

When Michael is nearly killed, the dustbin jumps from the sidewalk to the driveway between shots. See more »

Quotes

Jonathan Cooper: Merlin, you bastard!
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Bleeding Ulcer Among Movie's.
5 June 2004 | by evenbiggerchipsSee all my reviews

This movie is among one of the worst anyone has ever seen. Even Plan 9 from Outer Space has its funny points (all-be-them not intentional.) This movie is perhaps one of the worst movies ever made. From a film point of view, the movie has no tangible benefits what so ever. The film starts out with a grandfather telling a child a story about Merlin. What he failed to mention to his grandson is that Merlin is a complete and utter bumbling old man with a wife reminiscent of Roseanne. The movie then goes to show Merlin and his magical shop, and then, it goes to a completely different setting, and switches back and forth between Merlin's shop, and the different settings of the story. Both stories are supposed to be about " How the people find folly in there own pathetic human ways and are grateful to Merlin." When they are really about " How that old weirdo screwed us over and destroyed our families forever with his stupid shop." You might say " Well didn't Merlin warn them?" Yes, I'm sure he did, but them being stereo typical 80's men and women, where magic cannot exist and " Dollar Good', they of course did not listen. In the end, this movie is only recommended to those who enjoy mind-numbing stupidity and rip offs of other poorly made movies. ( I.E. Dead Time Stories, Troll 2.) This movie receives a 2, and that's only because of the pity felt for the fact it cannot be shot and put out of its misery.


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