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Just how familiar Reeves was with Karloff's "Mad Doctor" films, I don't know (there are definite echoes of 1936's THE MAN WHO CHANGED HIS MIND), but THE SORCERERS is certainly an interesting and appropriate update on that theme. An elderly hypnotist and his wife (the "sorcerers" of the title) develop a system of advanced hypnosis that enable them to not only control a young man (Ian Ogilvy) but to feel what he feels. Things ultimately veer out of control as the embittered wife wants to experience more and more sensations including murder (a young Susan George is the victim) which leads to tragedy for everyone concerned.
The Swinging 60s setting (the film was made in 1967) is dated to be sure but fascinating nonetheless. Karloff is his usual fine self even at the age of 79 and crippled by arthritis but it is Catherine Lacey as his wife who gives a truly remarkable performance. She reportedly hated her role just as Vincent Price hated his in WITCHFINDER GENERAL yet Reeves proved himself right in the end as both performances are among their best. A truly fine example of what can be done on a meager budget with a multi-layered screenplay and a good role for Boris at the end of his career. This is the American Allied Artists release. Thanks to Warner Archive for finally making it available on Region One for the American market.
Reeves’ had only made one previous film, the low budget The She Beast (1966) starring horror icon Barbara Steele, but it was imitative of Mario Bava‘s work and received scant notice. In contrast, The Sorcerers was stylish, quirky, and unique, although it was also low budget and barely made a profit. Still, it resulted in Reeves’ being given a larger bankroll to work with in his third film: the critical and box office hit Witchfinder General (1968) starring Vincent Price.
Reeves’ death of a drug overdose at twenty-five, shortly before the release of Witchfinder General, affected that film’s reputation. Reeves was hailed as a tragic auteur in the James Dean mold. Since then, Witchfinder General has long been lauded as one of Price’s finest films. Its was considerably helped by the actor/star himself, who listed it as one of his two personal favorites, along with Theater of Blood (1973). Having a historical subject, Witchfinder General defies its period, is highly esteemed, frequently revived, and has been readily available throughout the video age.
In light of Witchfunder General’ s reputation, The Sorcerers was considered a lesser, obscure effort, partly because it seemed more dated and did not have a vital star to promote it (Karloff died a mere week before Reeves). Nor did the actor’s fans promote it.Read more ›
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Lot's of reviews (mixed) of the content-just want to comment on quality of the Warner Archives release. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Christian Hartman
this has quite often been described as Karloff's last great movie. It was quite a creep show, although a bit hampered by the incredibly low budget. Read morePublished 23 months ago by E. M. Wolf
Boris Karloff stars as a disgraced Professor Marcus Montserrat in this very interesting tale of mind control. Read morePublished on October 22, 2013 by Smrz
How long do you think this can last? Well for an older Boris it will be infinity as he turns you on as Professor Montserret. Read morePublished on July 20, 2013 by Ronbo
This film had many aspects to it and seem to promise much until it went way over the top. Boris Karloff (looking like all of his 79 years by 1960s standards) plays a superhypnotist... Read morePublished on July 5, 2013 by LMG
A decent presentation of an older Karloff film, The director best known for "Witchfinder General" (aka The Conqueror Worm) delivers an interesting tale of an older couple... Read morePublished on January 21, 2013 by Pen Slinger
I hadn't seen this movie in at least 20 years, and was very pleasantly surprised at how well it held up. Read morePublished on January 1, 2013 by Adam Dolan