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littlecharmer1959
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½ October 8, 2008
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.
August 16, 2015
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-
November 18, 2012
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?
January 24, 2008
Surprisingly bleak picture about an older couple who gain mental control over a younger man who must unwittingly obey their thoughts and desires, all so the elder couple can experience youth once again. First it begins innocently enough, with the couple having do athletic activities they are no longer capable of, then even the act of lovemaking, but then it goes too far... to the point of murder. Boris Karloff wants it to stop, but his wife is addicted and won't let it end. Truly depressing and downbeat film, with a very grim ending, but that's a refreshing tone to the proceedings. Admittedly, it is cheesy and ludicrous material, but it's handled with maturity and seriousness. Recommended.
August 16, 2015
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-
½ July 28, 2015
Director/co-writer Michael Reeves has a bit of a cult following, with only three films as director and one more where he did uncredited work. This was his second credited film and it's a low budget horror flick that has horror icon Boris Karloff as a hypnotist who along with his wife, Catherine Lacey, seek out a despondent youth in swinging 60s London to try out their mind control experiment. It's an interesting idea that's not quite fully realized, but there are some seeds here of smart ideas and interesting visuals that show the talent director of Reeves, which would later come to full fruition with his follow up film, "The Conqueror Worm" AKA Witchfinder General. Co-Written by Tom Baker (not the Doctor Who actor) also co-wrote "Witchfinder General" so that's may also have contributed to the continuity between these two films. Not a great film and not for all tastes, but an interesting film none the less.
August 6, 2014
Karloff´s worst film? Dull story, polluted by the hypocritical scenario of young man´s criminal career being a result of evil granny´s scheming Ho hum.
½ March 3, 2014
Tenser and denser Horror in Swinging London--Ecstasy with no consequences!!
½ January 23, 2014
just picked this up and was really impressed how this little potboiler sucked me in. karloff in one of his final great performances is really a supporting player to Ian Ogilvy. you can tell there weren't a lot of stunt doubles used.
August 25, 2013
This is a great Horror/comedy,Boris Karlof and his wife played by Catherine Lacey, who was the secretive nun who wears high heels in the Alfred Hitchcock film The Lady Vanishes (1938, The film is a mix of Hammer Horror ,and Boris plays a professor wronged by society who invents a machine enabling him and his wife to control a victims mind from afar,But in the short term get the man to do a few things for them,to make up for what they have lost, but of course it all goes wrong, great film.
April 9, 2013
Fine low-budget horror of mind-control in contemporary London. The storyline is a little weak and could easily be worthy of a television show, but Boris Karloff gives the film a lot of presence and there's plenty of cult value behind it.
November 18, 2012
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?
June 16, 2012
Best movie of all horror
April 24, 2012
Written and directed by Michael Reeves, whose only other credit before his untimely death in 1969 was Witchfinder General (1968), this is a very surreal and bleak horror thriller that has a brilliant lead performance as well as some odd visuals and a splash of Swinging London about it. The film proves to be quite effective and it get's under your skin as well. Pioneering hypnotist Professor Marcus Montserrat (Boris Karloff) is wanting to try out a new psychic invention he's worked on with his wife Estelle (Catherine Lacey). He finds a naive but willing volunteer in Mike Roscoe (Ian Ogilvy), who is looking for something different, and he finds it in this technique. Marcus and Estelle are able to control him telepathically, and they feel what Mike feels the sensations and thrills he goes through. But Estelle selfishly decides to use Mike for her own personal gain, including stealing a mink scarf and going off joyriding on a motorbike. This erratic behaviour worries Mike's girlfriend Nicole (Elizabeth Ercy) and friend Alan (Victor Henry), but things take a darker turn when Estelle ties Marcus up and takes control of Mike, leading to murders. It's almost like the Scanners of it's day, but it does have some surreal sights, like Karloff in a Wimpy Bar, but he and Lacey give brilliant performances, as does Ogilvy, who is always reliable. It's a good cult horror film, and it's a good timepiece of the 1960's.
March 31, 2012
Among the best British horror films of the 1960s.
March 2, 2012
Technically there is a lot wrong with this film, yet it still manages to keep you watching until the end.
½ April 6, 2010
Ahh..the premise, the setting, the music, the casts..It was a very interesting, entertaining & inspiring twisty film.
February 22, 2010
There's not much in the way of story here - young man gets hypnotised by an old couple who start to seek thrills through their new outlet - and there's rather a lot of songs from the featured band for some reason, but director Michael Reeves knows to keep it lean and mean and at just an hour and twenty minutes it doesnt outstay its welcome.
November 8, 2009
well umn just seen this movie 4 the 1st time n think that this is a good movie 2 watch...its got a good cast of actors/actressess thorughout this movie....i think that boris karloff, ian ogilvy, elizabeth eroy play good roles/parts throughout this movie...i think that the director of this horror/classics/sci-fi/fantasy movie had done a good job of directing this movie because you never know what 2 expect throughout this movie...i think that the special effects throughout this movie were pretty kewl i think that this is a good movie 2 watch with a good cast thorughout this movie
½ May 18, 2009
Malheureusement le denouement est previsible ; sinon le scenario est bien ficele et la realisation reussie.
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