History Film / MerlinsShopOfMysticalWonders

3rd Jan '16 6:09:11 PM Exxolon
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Born of quite possibly one of the most moronic cases of ExecutiveMeddling ever, ''Merlin's Shop of Mystical Wonders'' started as a horror anthology directed by Kenneth J. Berton. Unfortunately, the movie studios didn't want any more horror as family films were all the rage then. As a result, a flimsy FramingDevice about a child and his deeply unhinged grandfather (a poorly veiled AuthorAvatar played by a disturbingly big Creator/ErnestBorgnine) who tells his grandson stories during a power cut was attached (the program the grandson was watching before the power went out reminded Grandpa Borgnine "of a story [he] once wrote for TV"), a scene involving a sťance turned into the ShowWithinAShow ColdOpen, and umm...not a lot else changed.
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Born of quite possibly one of the most moronic cases of ExecutiveMeddling ever, ''Merlin's '''''Merlin's Shop of Mystical Wonders'' Wonders''''' started as a horror anthology directed by Kenneth J. Berton. Unfortunately, the movie studios didn't want any more horror as family films were all the rage then. As a result, a flimsy FramingDevice about a child and his deeply unhinged grandfather (a poorly veiled AuthorAvatar played by a disturbingly big Creator/ErnestBorgnine) who tells his grandson stories during a power cut was attached (the program the grandson was watching before the power went out reminded Grandpa Borgnine "of a story [he] once wrote for TV"), a scene involving a sťance turned into the ShowWithinAShow ColdOpen, and umm...not a lot else changed.
19th Dec '15 10:34:26 PM nombretomado
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-->'''Servo:''' Based on a story by Creator/SigmundFreud.
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-->'''Servo:''' Based on a story by Creator/SigmundFreud.UsefulNotes/SigmundFreud.
21st Nov '15 12:33:40 PM wrm5
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* BodyHorror: Johnathan's PainfulTransformation after taking the youth potion. What little of the actual change we see on camera involves a disturbing ''bulging'' effect under his skin. The MST3K crew described it as "a mouse under my bald wig!"

* PainfulTransformation: Johnathan's transformation after taking the youth potion. There's a lot of screaming and most of it isn't even shown on screen, but what little we do see involves [[BodyHorror a pretty sickening effect]] accurately described by the MST3K crew as "a mouse under [Johnathan's] bald wig."
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* PainfulTransformation: Johnathan's transformation after taking the youth potion. There's a lot of screaming and most of it isn't even shown on screen, but what little we do see involves [[BodyHorror a pretty sickening effect]] accurately described by the MST3K crew as looking like "a mouse under [Johnathan's] bald wig."
16th Nov '15 6:44:58 PM wrm5
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* TheCatCameBack: The CymbalBangingMonkey.
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* TheCatCameBack: The CymbalBangingMonkey. Seriously, no matter '''what''' David does, that damn thing won't stay gone.

* HappilyEverAfter: The last scene was originally a DownerEnding, but was changed so Merlin saved the family. The film even added clumsy sounds of the family getting out of the house (offscreen, of course). The monkey shown in the Merlin footage is clearly '''not''' the same toy. Or the house. Or the lighting.
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* HappilyEverAfter: HappilyEverAfter: ** The last scene was originally a DownerEnding, but was changed so Merlin saved the family. The film even added clumsy sounds of the family getting out of the house (offscreen, of course). The monkey shown in the Merlin footage is clearly '''not''' the same toy. Or the house. Or the lighting.

* KidsShouldntWatchHorrorFilms: The opening of the film, in which the horror movie the kid is watching (actually the full version of the film used for the second half) gets cut off by a lightning storm knocking out the power. Grampa Borgnine remarks that he shouldn't be watching a scary movie anyway... ** [[CompletelyMissingThePoint ...before telling his son scary stories (one of which is ''based'' on said movie to boot!).]]
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* KidsShouldntWatchHorrorFilms: The opening of the film, in which the horror movie the kid is watching (actually the full version of the film used for the second half) gets cut off by a lightning storm knocking out the power. Grampa Borgnine remarks that he shouldn't be watching a scary movie anyway... ** anyway...[[CompletelyMissingThePoint ...before telling his son scary stories (one of which is ''based'' on said movie to boot!).]]

** TheCatCameBack: Seriously, no matter '''what''' David does, that damn thing won't stay gone.
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** TheCatCameBack: Seriously, no matter '''what''' David does, that damn thing won't stay gone.* PainfulTransformation: Johnathan's transformation after taking the youth potion. There's a lot of screaming and most of it isn't even shown on screen, but what little we do see involves [[BodyHorror a pretty sickening effect]] accurately described by the MST3K crew as "a mouse under [Johnathan's] bald wig."

* PostersAlwaysLie: Hee, hee, check out elderly Zurella in the poster. ** Along with that, there is no castle, the troll and dragon are only seen for a few seconds at the shop (we only see parts of the dragon) and Merlin never does magic. Nothing to denote the actual plot either.
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* PostersAlwaysLie: Hee, hee, check out elderly Zurella in the poster. ** poster. Along with that, there is no castle, the troll and dragon are only seen for a few seconds at the shop (we only see parts of the dragon) and Merlin never does magic. Nothing to denote the actual plot either.
2nd Nov '15 8:32:50 PM ImpudentInfidel
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* CastFromLifespan: Mr. Cooper finds out the hard way that this is what happens when you cast spells willy nilly. Only a rejuvenation spell can make you young again. (Presumably Merlin and Zurella are immortal so they don't have this problem, even if they choose to '''look''' old for some reason.)
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* CastFromLifespan: Mr. Cooper finds out the hard way that this is what happens when you cast spells willy nilly. Only a rejuvenation spell can make you young again. (Presumably Merlin and Zurella are immortal so they don't have this problem, even if they choose to '''look''' old for some reason. Either that, or Cooper screwed up the potion and they do it correctly.)
22nd Oct '15 10:02:40 AM legomaniac90
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* KidsShouldntWatchHorrorFilms: The opening of the film, in which the horror movie the kid is watching (actually the full version of the film used for the second half) gets cut off by a lightning storm knocking out the power. Grampa Borgnine remarks that he shouldn't be watching a scary movie anyway.
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* KidsShouldntWatchHorrorFilms: The opening of the film, in which the horror movie the kid is watching (actually the full version of the film used for the second half) gets cut off by a lightning storm knocking out the power. Grampa Borgnine remarks that he shouldn't be watching a scary movie anyway.anyway... ** [[CompletelyMissingThePoint ...before telling his son scary stories (one of which is ''based'' on said movie to boot!).]]
22nd Oct '15 9:56:22 AM legomaniac90
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* FramingDevice: The grandfather telling his kid '''horrifying''' stories, thus showing the action of the film. Even sillier when you consider the long scenes of nothing happening in ''The Devil's Gift''.
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* FramingDevice: The grandfather telling his kid '''horrifying''' '''[[NightmareFuel horrifying]]''' stories, thus showing the action of the film. Even sillier when you consider the long scenes of nothing happening in ''The Devil's Gift''.

* HopeSpot: Despite the very forces of nature fighting him, David buries the monkey, and everyone's happy... but someone digs it up and sells it to his mother, who decides it would make a good present for her grandson. Well, time to die! Err... I mean, barely escape with your lives, [[EndingFatigue again]], [[DeusExMachina when Merlin saves you]]!
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* HopeSpot: Despite the very forces of nature fighting him, David buries the monkey, and everyone's happy... but someone digs it up and sells it to his mother, who decides it would make a good present for her grandson. Well, time to die! {{Bowlderization Err... I mean, mean}}, barely escape with your lives, [[EndingFatigue again]], [[DeusExMachina when Merlin saves you]]!
22nd Oct '15 9:53:09 AM legomaniac90
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* DisproportionateRetribution: Johnathan threatens to write a bad review about Merlin's store. Merlin retaliates by having him turned into a baby to be raised by his former wife. Well, okay, she's still kind of his wife, but still.
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* DisproportionateRetribution: Johnathan Jonathan threatens to write a bad review about Merlin's store. Merlin retaliates by having him turned into a baby to be raised by his former wife. Well, okay, she's still kind of his wife, but still.still. ** Actually, Jonathan did that last one himself [[HoistByHisOwnPetard when he disregarded the amount of blood needed in the spell just to use his wife as a blood donor]].
9th Aug '15 6:17:43 AM Morgenthaler
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->''"It's called Merlin's Shop of Mystical Wonders - and it's a ''[[BlatantLies delightful]]'' Disney/{{Bambi}} [[BlatantLies romp through a flowery fairyland of happy, harmless, frou-frou]] [[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment family fun for the whole family of all ages]]. '''OR IS IT!?!''' Taste the rainbow of fruit pain!"'' (EvilLaugh)
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->''"It's called Merlin's Shop of Mystical Wonders - and it's a ''[[BlatantLies delightful]]'' ''delightful'' Disney/{{Bambi}} [[BlatantLies romp through a flowery fairyland of happy, harmless, frou-frou]] [[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment frou-frou family fun for the whole family of all ages]].ages. '''OR IS IT!?!''' Taste the rainbow of fruit pain!"'' (EvilLaugh)
25th Jun '15 7:34:44 AM wrm5
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* BabiesEverAfter:
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* BabiesEverAfter:BabiesEverAfter: An odd variation. The wife of the first segment lives happily ever after with the baby she always wanted... which happens to be her age-regressed husband.

* BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor
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* BeCarefulWhatYouWishForBeCarefulWhatYouWishFor: Wanting to become young again might result in you becoming a baby.

* JerkAss: The critic in the first segment * KidsShouldntWatchHorrorFilms: The opening
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* JerkAss: The critic in the first segment segment. * KidsShouldntWatchHorrorFilms: The openingopening of the film, in which the horror movie the kid is watching (actually the full version of the film used for the second half) gets cut off by a lightning storm knocking out the power. Grampa Borgnine remarks that he shouldn't be watching a scary movie anyway.

** One look at the two of them and the audience is certainly threatened * MoodWhiplash: Thanks again to that ExecutiveMeddling: the creators' attempt to neuter the more steadily ([[{{Narm}} cough]]) macabre second half was to add intentionally comical scenes of Merlin, in full regalia, wandering around town looking for a cymbal-banging monkey. The effect is something like randomly cutting together ''TheTwilightZone'' and ''PeeWeesPlayhouse''.
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** One look at the two of them and the audience is certainly threatened * MoodWhiplash: Thanks again to that ExecutiveMeddling: the creators' attempt to neuter the more steadily ([[{{Narm}} cough]]) macabre second half was to add intentionally comical scenes of Merlin, in full regalia, wandering around town looking for a cymbal-banging monkey. The effect is something like randomly cutting together ''TheTwilightZone'' and ''PeeWeesPlayhouse''.

-->'''Crow''': That's what most wives think they do anyway.
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-->'''Crow''': -->'''Mike:''' Great! Now she has to raise her horrible husband!\\ '''Crow''': That's what most wives think they do anyway.

* ThePublicDomainChannel
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* ThePublicDomainChannelThePublicDomainChannel:

* [[WhatHappenedToTheMouse What Happened To The Mom?]]: The girlfriend of the family in the second half disappears about halfway through that story. That's because in ''The Devil's Gift'', [[spoiler:the monkey possessed her to make her try to drown the boy. She then broke her head on the front door after being stopped.]]
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* [[WhatHappenedToTheMouse What Happened To The Mom?]]: WhatHappenedToTheMouse: The girlfriend of the family in the second half disappears about halfway through that story. That's because in ''The Devil's Gift'', [[spoiler:the monkey possessed her to make her try to drown the boy. She then broke her head on the front door after being stopped.]]
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