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1003 - Merlin's Shop of Mystical Wonders



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Amse Master - 3 days ago

There is no way that evil monkey part was shot in the mid-90's, unless they were going for a super-accurate late-70's/early-80's look with that house, and the women's hairstyles, and the kid's Return of the Jedi shirt. It looks almost identical to the house where I grew up in the early 80's. Even the TV and the lighting fixtures are the same.


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The humanity - 17 days ago

I wonder if this was J K Rowlings inspiration for the Harry Potter books? ;)


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Hailley Petey Plane - 21 days ago

There's something I hate so much about these 90s family movies. Something about the cutesy, "heartwarming hijinks"-type music and the stereotypical, overacted characters and storylines just makes me want to throw up. I usually try to avoid being this harsh, but it just drives me crazy. I don't like those things in any movie, but in these incredibly poorly executed ones (like this one and Quest of the Delta Knights) they bring me dangerously close to punching somebody.
(Sorry for ranting. I'm done now.)


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Austin Strong - about 1 month ago

"The verdict is in and the world was not awaiting a chubby, pompous eunuch!" Oh, I beg to differ, Crow. http://cdn.hbowatch.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/Varys.jpg


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Rock Harris - 3 months ago

So, fire ants in the underwear can change the course of whole governments...?

PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE can we do this now?!?


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Stephen A Nathe - 3 months ago

this movie(and that definition is one of the loosest in the entirety of the series), screams 90s FAMILY CHANNEL/ABC Saturday movie


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Senor Misterioso - 3 months ago

I can't believe it! not one single "spank the monkey" riff!


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tim trozzo - 3 months ago

Mike has said that this is his favorite MST3K episode.


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Gabriel Traylor - 3 months ago

This episode has one of my favorite bits - when Cooper is just babbling in his basement at one point - and no riff, (31:15 - 31:20) They're just chuckling at the character and Crow says, "What's his deal?" Just the fact that the character is so ridiculous that no joke is needed.


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I love that at about the ten minute mark, you can clearly see a member of the film crew - or possibly a prowler in Grandpa Bourgnine's house - casually turn around and walk out of the frame.


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David's psychic friend has got to be the second most irrationally angry character ever, after the grocer from The Brute Man.


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Stephen A Nathe - 5 months ago

one word....BROKEN!!!


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Mike's happy trail goes the wrong way


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It looks like Jonathan had the book set to 'M' for 'mini' when he should of had it set to 'W' for 'wumbo'!
(Borgnine did the voice for Mermaid Man on Spongebob. Yes, I am relatively young compared to the average MSTie.)


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Jen Bates - 7 months ago

It's nothing more than a rock!
Like your womb.


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(6:43 in) Oh my god! It's Senator Mitch McConnell!


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Phil Carstens - 8 months ago

Mrs. Merlin is hot!


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Robert Brown - 9 months ago

Interestingly, the guys do not note that Merlin will need a time machine to fetch his monkey because the woman bought it ten years before the thug stole it. Well, "thug."


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Dr. Despicable - 9 months ago

Did Borgnine lose a bet or something?!


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Stephanie~ - 10 months ago

The "You're Welcome" line never gets old for me.


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Arianne Wingard - 10 months ago

This is actually, the first episode that I've seen of this show. As for the movie, As a whole, it's still nightmare fuel.


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Rufus T. Firefly - 10 months ago

According to Wikipedia (so it must be true) the second story about the evil monkey toy was a re-editing of a horror movie from the '80s called "The Devil's Gift". In the original version, there is no Merlin or any other sort of deus ex machina that shows up at the end and saves everyone--nope, they all die horribly violent deaths. I'd like to know who the creep was that spotted that movie and thought, "Yes, that would be PERFECT for a family movie!"


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Packers! - 10 months ago

Well, Rock and Roll martian I guess.


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"it's a delightful Bambi romp through a flowery fairy land of happy, harmless froo-froo family fun for the whole family of all ages! ....Orrrr IS IT?!" Pearl perfectly sums up this movie.


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Bruce Box-Liker - 11 months ago

The true incompetence of this movie is that you've got the story of the grandfather telling a story to his grandson, which acts as a framework for a story about Merlin running a magic shop, which in turn acts as a framework for the other two stories.

It reminds me of a gag from the Simpsons, where Homer is daydreaming that he's asleep, and that his sleeping self in the daydream is in turn dreaming about eating a sandwich.


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Couldn't they just super-glue the monkey's arms together or something?


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Crypto Dentist - 11 months ago

It's difficult to describe this movie without using profanity. Friggin' nightmare fuel for children, this.


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Mod-God - 12 months ago

"Hmmm.. Which chin should I put my hand on?"


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Mike Carmona - 12 months ago

Who would've guessed that Merlin's shop was the store in the Friday the 13th tv series!


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I used this episode to introduce a friend of mine to MST and now she loves the show :)


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Bruce Ellsworth Reed - about 1 year ago

I admit, I love Ernest Borgnine! Everything, simply every part he ever played is always done correctly, superbly. McHale's Navy, Ice Station Zebra, The Dirty Dozen, The Poseidon Adventure are just a few.


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The neighbor in the last story reminds me of Graham Chapman from Monty Python. And maybe a bit of Eric Clapton, too.


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Johnny Longbone - about 1 year ago

You know, I never thought I'd find a man in a diaper sexy. Somehow Shirtless Mike has done it again and made me feel uncomfortable for lusting after something soul-gaggingly creepy.


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Chris Markovic - about 1 year ago

So the wise old Merlin and his wife believe the burglar took the toy monkey and "traded it for food?" Further proof this is a kid's movie.


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Bruce Box-Liker - about 1 year ago

"I'd have given her half my cart for twenty bucks!"

So this guy's pulling down an absolute maximum of forty dollars every day, gross?


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Alyssa Transitoria - over 1 year ago

Merlin's Mystical Shop of YUM!!!!


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Big McLargehuge - over 1 year ago

Whoo hoo! I LOVE bags!


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Rachel Adams - over 1 year ago

I love that the movie influences Crow and Servo to competitively review each other in the host segment. "My second trip to Tom Servo was even a GREATER disappointment!" Now who could I review...


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Matt Marino - over 1 year ago

oh my gosh....the ridiculous music at 25:05-25:30. haha i love how Servo mocks it. this is a well riffed film but definitely one of the more depressing movies viewed. some of these 90s films throw me off, especially the latter half which seems more 70s


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Tuula Salonen - over 1 year ago

n old hippy arrives in a puff of smoke, and no pot jokes? Well maybe it would have been TOO easy.


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Phil Carstens - over 1 year ago

I absolutely hate this movie. Let's go over what happens. They kill a cat, kill a dog, and then think it would be exciting to almost kill a kid. And they think it's all whimsical. I loathe this movie, and think anyone who worked on it should be locked away forever.

However, the riffing is great.


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LostHighway - over 1 year ago

George R.R. Martin cameo on the park bench at the end? :P


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Childe Harold - almost 2 years ago

AAAAGGGHHH! WHAT IS THIS MOVIE???


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I forgot how good this episode was, minute 1:27 had me laughing so hard I almost choked.


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Gal Dagon - about 2 years ago

OK, so of all the people involved in the production of this POS, did nobody at any point stop and say "Wait a minute, this is completely messed up"?


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Gal Dagon - about 2 years ago

"Isn't it darling?"


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Gal Dagon - about 2 years ago

So all the women in that family think the monkey toy is cute. The kid has bigger problems than the movie had time to explore.


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Alex Silver - about 2 years ago

I can only imagine how many "Borgnine masturbates a lot" jokes would be in this episode if it aired today.


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wangson - about 2 years ago

oh man, tom and crow reviewing each other gave me belly laughs! "the verdict is in, no one wants a pompous, chubby eunich!"


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9 people watching this tonight...All in honor of Mr. Borgnine, I imagine.


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Benjamin Baxter - over 2 years ago

This is by far one of the best episodes, right up there with Time Chasers and Space Mutiny.


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Aethervox@mail.com - over 2 years ago

The cartoon at about 1:02:43 is "Balloon Land" and I highly recommend watching it, because goddamn is it weird.

TERROR OF BALLOONY LAND!


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NS - over 2 years ago

As you can guess from the comments below, this is a delightfully whimsical (and whimsically delightful) children's movie... if you hate children. The Screaming Skull had less death and supernatural mayhem than this.


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Alex Stefanic - over 2 years ago

The whole monkey story is a blatant ripoff of a Stephen King short story from"Skeleton Crew".


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Frankie DeMario - over 2 years ago

The cymbal playing monkey haunts my dreams.


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Stephen - almost 3 years ago

This one actually freaks me out.