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Simon, King of the Witches (1971)

R | | Horror | April 1971 (USA)
Simon, a young man with magic powers, invokes the help of the evil forces in order to take revenge on a man who cheated him with a bad cheque.

Director:

Bruce Kessler

Writer:

Robert Phippeny
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Andrew Prine ... Simon Sinestrari
Brenda Scott ... Linda Rackum
George Paulsin George Paulsin ... Turk
Norman Burton ... Willard Rackum
Gerald York Gerald York ... Hercules
Ultra Violet ... Sarah
Michael C. Ford Michael C. Ford ... Shay
Lee J. Lambert Lee J. Lambert ... Troy
William Martel William Martel ... Commissioner Dan Davies
Angus Duncan Angus Duncan ... Colin
Richmond Shepard ... Stanley
Richard Ford Grayling Richard Ford Grayling ... Det. John Peter
Allyson Ames Allyson Ames ... Olivia Gebhart
Harry Rose Harry Rose ... Landlord
Dean Cromer Dean Cromer ... Lab Technician (as Mike Kopcha)
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Storyline

Simon Sinestrari is one of the few true male witches that exist. His ultimate goal is to leave the earth to become a god, and the time for this event is at hand. Is Simon capable of fooling the gods, and will his normal friends be an aid or a problem to the process?

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The Black Mass... The Spells... The Incantations... The Curses... The Ceremonial Sex... See more »

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Horror

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

April 1971 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Simon, King of the Warlocks See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Production Co:

Fanfare Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

Screenwriter Robert Phippeny was an actual practicing warlock. See more »

Quotes

Simon Sinestrari: My boy, you don't know how important it is for a magician to have the right kind of workshop.
Turk: You gonna build a house?
Simon Sinestrari: A platform, properly stationed with regard to the magnetic poles, from which to launch forth my evil missile! With lumber by Wyman Brothers.
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Far out, man!
27 May 2013 | by Hey_SwedenSee all my reviews

Talented veteran Andrew Prine is featured here in one of his delicious starring roles in 1970s exploitation. This is bizarre, trippy stuff certain to appeal to cult movie enthusiasts. Granted, it's pretty talky stuff, but it's still rather fascinating.

Written by a real-life practicing warlock, Robert Phippeny, it casts Prine as Simon Sinestrari, a charismatic "magician" who lives out of a storm drain. Simon is the real deal, and takes himself quite seriously. Seriously enough that when people dare to mock him or mess with him, he takes his revenge.

As directed by Bruce Kessler, this is truly offbeat from beginning to end. It saves all of its credits for the final few minutes, a practice that was far less common back in the early 70s. When Simon first makes his entrance, he addresses us directly, although this device is dropped right afterwards. It's got a deliberate pace, but Phippeny's dialogue is truly something to hear. There is a heavy dose of humour at times, especially when Simon has to help his eager young friend Turk (George Paulsin), who's gotten overly stimulated, if you know what I mean. Highlight sequences include Simon mocking the participants in a Wiccan ceremony, and the wonderful finale which pulls out all the stops.

The main attraction is a fantastic central performance by Prine, who commits deeply to his role. Co-starring are Brenda Scott (to whom Prine was actually married) as Simons' love interest, Norman Burton as her attorney father, and Gerald York as aging hipster Hercules, with underground celebrity Ultra Violet also making an appearance.

This is just enough of a curio to keep you watching. Undoubtedly it's very much a product of its era, but that's part of what makes it fairly compelling. You sure don't see stuff like this getting made nowadays.

Seven out of 10.


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