The Sorcerers (1967)
The Sorcerers (1967)
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as Prof. Marcus Monserrat
as Estelle Monserrat
as Mike Roscoe
as Inspector Matalon
as Snack Bar Owner
Critic Reviews for The Sorcerers
Boris Karloff brings his familiar adroit horror touch to the role of an aging somewhat nutty ex-stage mesmerist who aims to complete his experiments by dominating the brain of a young subject.
As the Monserrats play audience to their victims' living scenarios, which the couple write to their own perverse specifications, this psychedelic horror film deals with the apparatus of cinema, and it still puts the mind in a spin.
A subtly menacing film given the proper atmosphere by the mere appearance of Karloff.
It is the overall effect that impresses rather than any individual scene or composition, but the "psychedelic experience" is particularly well done, with the victim's face literally disintegrating in blobs of colour.
A gem that has gone under the radar and deserves more attention.
Karloff's mind-control process is analogous to cinema itself: an experience that allows people to embrace second-hand sensation, 'to do things' vicariously -- the more brutal and shocking the better, as in the case of some horror movies.
Audience Reviews for The Sorcerers
An entertaining 60s British horror set in swinging London. Boris Karloff, in one of his last roles, plays Professor Montserrat who has developed a new technique of mind control and now only needs a bored young man to test it on. Enter Mike Roscoe, played by Ian Ogilvy. After the Professor and his wife hook Mike up to their machine and conduct some psychedelic experiments they have the power to control the young man's mind and to experience his sensations. But whilst the Professor wants to use their new power for good his wife becomes more and more obsessed with their power and the sensations it provides and the whole thing goes out of control. Karloff gives a good performance, and there are some "groovy" nightclub scenes plus a small role for Susan George. Overall low budget but extremely watchable.
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