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The Sorcerers (1967)

The Sorcerers (1967)




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A well-meaning and gentle inventor creates a machine capable of allowing one person to completely control the mind of another, but before he can market it, he must test it. A volunteer comes forth and the experiment begins. All goes well until the inventor's jealous, angry wife intervenes and takes over the subject. She uses the hapless fellow for her own pleasure and to do her bidding. As time passes, she becomes increasingly cruel to him. The inventor finds himself powerless to stop his wife and this prompts him to take desperate measures to stop her.

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Boris Karloff
as Prof. Marcus Monserrat
Catherine Lacey
as Estelle Monserrat
Ian Ogilvy
as Mike Roscoe
Ivor Dean
as Inspector Matalon
Peter Fraser
as Detective
Meier Tzelniker
as Snack Bar Owner
Bill Barnsley
as Constable
Terry Martin
as Tobacconist
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Critic Reviews for The Sorcerers

All Critics (13) | Top Critics (2)

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.

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

A subtly menacing film given the proper atmosphere by the mere appearance of Karloff.

Full Review… | October 19, 2016
TV Guide

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.

Full Review… | October 19, 2016
Monthly Film Bulletin

A gem that has gone under the radar and deserves more attention.

Full Review… | January 1, 2013
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

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.

Full Review… | December 7, 2012
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

Audience Reviews for The Sorcerers

I'll have my fun without you. Professor Montserrat has developed a form of hypnotism that allows him to control people's minds. His wife is also a professional hypnotist and they have contests to see how well they can control people and what terrible things they can make them do. These efforts take a toll on their bodies. "You enjoyed it, didn't you?" Michael Reeves, director of She Beast, The Conqueror Worm, and Castle of the Living Dead, delivers The Sorcerers. The storyline for this picture is very mediocre and felt like an excuse to make a Boris Karloff movie at the end of his career. The acting was okay and the cast includes Karloff, Ian Ogilvy, Catherine Lacey, and Elizabeth Ercy. "He's responding appropriately." I came across this on Turner Classic Movies (TCM) and had to DVR this old school horror picture. This was very average and nothing special but I enjoyed watching Karloff in this picture, even if he was older and less of a main character than we're used to seeing. I only recommend seeing this if you're a fan of the genre. Grade: C-

Kevin Robbins
Kevin Robbins

A ridiculous movie with subpar everything and yet it's entirely watchable! Good MST3K fodder... though maybe it's a little too coherent for them. Bonus- unintentional message about gender/power relations?

Jenna Ipcar
Jenna Ipcar

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.

Emily B.
Emily B.

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