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Crucible of Horror (1971)

The Corpse (original title)
R | | Drama, Horror, Thriller | 1971 (USA)
A mother and daughter hatch a scheme to murder their family's domineering and sadistic patriarch.

Director:

Viktors Ritelis

Writer:

Olaf Pooley (original screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Michael Gough ... Walter Eastwood
Yvonne Mitchell ... Edith Eastwood
Sharon Gurney ... Jane Eastwood
Simon Gough Simon Gough ... Rupert Eastwood
David Butler David Butler ... Gregson
Olaf Pooley Olaf Pooley ... Reid
Nicholas Jones ... Benjy Smith
Mary Hignett ... Servant
Howard Goorney Howard Goorney ... Petrol Pump Attendant
Sam Sam ... Sam the Dog
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An upper class English home is overrruled by a sadistic, domineering father, where a terrorized mother and her teenage daughter decide to plan a way to kill him. He is a stockbroker who takes great pleasure in making his wife and daughter's life a living hell. They drug and poison him then dispose of his body. The mother is plagued by dreams of horror the night of the murder and she is continually plagued by images of him. However there plan seems to backfire when he comes back to life. He is seen the next day sitting at the breakfast table, acting his normal self leaving his wife looking on in abject terror. The question is. Did they go ahead with the murder or was it just a dream? Written by Brian Carruthers

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the nightmare never ends!

Genres:

Drama | Horror | Thriller

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Rated R for some violent content and nudity | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

1971 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Crucible of Horror See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Michael Gough's character's son and daughter in the film were played by Gough's real life son, Simon Gough, and daughter-in-law, Sharon Gurney. So Simon Gough and Sharon Gurney played brother and sister when they were in fact husband and wife See more »

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Version of La grande collection: Les démoniaques (1991) See more »

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A Very "Slow Burn" Horror Film
12 October 2012 | by gavin6942See all my reviews

A mother (Yvonne Mitchell) and daughter (Sharon Gurley) hatch a scheme to murder their family's domineering and sadistic patriarch (Michael Gough).

What we have here is perhaps less of a horror story, and more of an odd story about women's liberation. A mother and daughter sort of team up against the father and his old-fashioned ways. Obviously, it has horror elements, but the titles "Corpse" and "Crucible of Horror" seem a bit extreme for this film.

Michael Gough, classic Hammer actor (now perhaps better known as Alfred Pennyworth), steals the show, just as he should... and I love him. What I could have done without was the use of psychedelic colors. I get it, this was the early 1970s, but still... what the heck?


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