The wonders of Merlin come to present day as he opens of shop filled with heart's desire. Now this sounds a movie fun for the whole family, but the truth is, it isn't! Yes, for most of the flick, there's a monkey of doom that terilizies a small family! And I bet you're asking yourself "Where did this evil monkey stuff come from"? Well these scenes are actually from the director's older film, The Devil's Gift that was incorporated here for some unknown reason. From 1995, Merlin's Shop of Mystical Wonders which really should have been called Merlin's Shop of Mystical Horrors, but it's not, it's Merlin's Shop of Mystical Wonders!
Man, what kind of movie was that? A family film goes horribly wrong? That's not good! While not the side splitting I was expecting from this, the riffing is widely funny for the most part. I liked the grandpa quips at the beginning, as well as the riffs aimed at the monkey. They help prove the real heart of this flick. I loved the host segments, like Mike's transformation into a baby and Ernest Borgnine's Children Books review. These segments take the cake and give this a higher grade.