Ernest Borgnine was in some of my favorite movies, which he had a pretty good shot at because he was in a ton of them. Between film and television he was practically inescapable. Not that you would want to particularly, but whatever. Off the top of my head I can think of Disney’s Black Hole, The Poseidon Adventure, Basketball, The Double McGuffin, Small Soldiers, The Vikings, & Red. Not everything hid did was a gem, most people think Baseketball is a crime against humanity, BUT THEY ARE WRONG. That said, Merlin’s Shop Of Mystical Wonders is a truly, TRULY, terrible film made gloriously watchable by the prisoners of the Satalite Of Love. It’s easily in my top 5 MST3K episodes. If you’ve never seen it you should gather some friends and find it. Borgnine actually takes the role as seriously as he takes any of his roles, in fact, no one in the movie seems to be aware of how terrible it is. That in itself makes the thing kind of endearing. They all act their little hearts out. I actually own the DVD set with Merlin’s Shop in it, but I wouldn’t hold it against anyone who wanted to watch it on Youtube. It’s an expensive set. 108 bucks new on Amazon. (I got it a long time ago for much, much, less…) You can actually get the movie by itself for next to nothing, but it is a hard viewing without Mike & the bots. The cover art is WILDLY misleading as well. It looks almost like a magical Angela Landsbury adventure, but I assure you that is the antithesis of what this film really is.
I’ll stick the Youtube link in the twitter feed so it doesn’t screw the site up so bad.