Merlin's Shop of Mystical Wonders Reviews
Characters speak in a constant tone of confusion, as bewildered by their lines as we are, creepy Merlin caresses folk in the street, and the second story is longer than the ol' Sorcerer's dusty beard. Merlin states, "You play with magic, you're gonna get old. And fast.", and quite frankly watching this movie has a very similar effect. Perhaps that's its true magic?
"If you don't believe in magic.... I'll kill you"
The film is completely worthless as expected (it's 21st in IMDb's chart of the worst films ever), trying to bring a story about Merlin opening a shop in California in 1996 (how dumb is that for a premise?) to feature length by patching in a subplot about an evil monkey that gets stolen from the shop and bought by a family of people living in 1984 (the time travel is never explained, but I suggest it was performed by reusing footage from "The Devil's Gift", the other movie Kenneth J. Berton made.)
The result is completely incoherent, not only because the two stories have nothing to do with each other, but also because the Santa-Claus Merlin actually unleashes satanic forces into the world (with Satan himself showing up at one point) in the name of bringing back the sense of wonder into our technocratic, scientistic age, and then goes to bed with a sense of accomplishment.
My big question is: why didn't Kenneth J. Berton rise from the grave in 2008 to turn this film into another mishmash by shooting a new wraparound twelve years later? Did something happen to him?
My favorite lines from the MST3K commentary include: "I don't like the way they're portraying the Devil. It's so biased!"; "Good. Now she has to raise her horrible husband." "That's what most wives think they do anyway"; "Come out or I'll review you!"; and "I keep a full dossier on evil-monkey buyers." But unfortunately, you have to endure the film to enjoy the humour, which is the only reason why anyone should want to see it.
Watching the movie again on DVD with the help of MST3K was fun it is such a bizarre film and is great one because of the film itself and also the jokes the MST3K crew shows. I just love how the piece together movie works and how the name sounds like a childrens movie but it is far from that. There is an interview on the DVD that was fun to watch too had a lot of info on how the show was put together, shot and written. Kevin Murphy says that there are two types of MST3K movies ones that are bad on their for their obsurd reasons and the other are movies that are fun to watch because of the jokes they make on them. I feel that both are true and both are fun to watch. Some movies on their own that they show are actually worth seeing alone separately while others you are glad you are with them.