The Sorcerers (1967)

October’s 31 days of horror got off to an extremely rough start with Frankenstein Sings. Yikes, what a dog. Luckily, hope and redemption was found in The Sorcerers. 

Boris Karloff stars as poor, desperate hypnotist professor Marcus Monserrat. Much like Rodney Dangerfield, he gets no respect; he has few patients and has to haggle with a store-owner to get his ad placed in the window. He and his wife Estelle have struggled to pay the bills ever since his work was discredited by a reporter in a London newspaper ages ago. But the professor has been working on a very special project – something he and Estelle are very excited about testing on an unsuspecting patient. But who? Not a drunk, alcohol clouds the mind. Not someone they know, it must be a stranger. What about a bored, young mod? Yes, the kids these days are always looking for a thrill, after all… right?

Right. Professor Monserrat finds just the perfect subject in young Mike Roscoe. He’s got a cute, French girlfriend who really loves dancing and drinking coca-cola, but Mike can’t help but think life can pack more thrills than just that. He leaves his girl Nicole with his bumbling, acne-ridden friend Alan and skips around the city on his own. Monserrat can sniff his ennui a mile away, and convinces Mike to come back to his apartment for a brand-new thrill.

And what a thrill he finds: a psychedelic mind-control machine that allows Monserrat and Estelle to control Mike’s actions. Plug it in and the subject is yours, with no memory of the event. Finally, after years of toil and disgrace, the professor and his wife can seek cheap thrills by living vicariously through a young man!

Soon after the incident, Mike’s friends start noticing that he is acting strangely, and Professor Monserrat notices Estelle’s taste for thrills is going way too far. Will he ever be able to stop her?

This movie was rad. Catherine Lacey is fantastic, frightening and intense as Estelle. The music and clothes are mod and awesome. Though the budget for this film was pretty low, you’ll hardly notice – all the fun is in the acting.


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