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Saturday, March 14, 2015

The Sorcerers (1967)

Starring Boris Karloff, Catherine Lacey, Elizabeth Ercy, Ian Ogilvy, Victor Henry
Directed by Michael Reeves
(actor & director credits courtesy IMDB.com)

An aging hypnotist invents a means by which he and his wife can control the mind of a young stranger, but she wants to use this new power for her own ends.

An interesting late-career showcase for horror icon Karloff, this picture doesn't feature him as the monster, but his wife, played by Lacey, intent on using their subject for the sensation of committing vile crimes without fear of punishment.  Although generally well-scripted, Lacey's descent into using her victim in violence against women seems wrong-headed, trying to emulate horror films of the time rather than trying something new and more imaginative.  Nevertheless, Karloff and Lacey give good performances, and Reeves' direction is also accomplished.  

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