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The Sorcerers 1967 ***

An unusual slice of horror from 1967, The Sorcerers features writer director Michael Reeves coming up to date after his celebrated Witchfinder General with Vincent Price. Working with his regular co-writer Tom Baker, Reeves describes the aberrant behaviour of Professor Marcus Monserrat (Boris Karloff) who has developed powers of hypnosis that he experiments with on Mike Roscoe (Ian Ogilvy). But the involvement of the professor’s wife Estelle complicates matters, and the temptation of being able to experience and control Mike’s thoughts leads to carnage. Reeves died before he could do his best work, but The Sorcerers has much to recommend it, with a silly storyline played with admirable straightness, good performances, and a strong feel for swinging London. A young Susan George also appears.

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