Crucible of Horror (The Velvet House)

1971

Crucible of Horror (The Velvet House)

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This tepid thriller features a sullen Michael Gough as an overbearing, sadistic banker whose favorite hobby appears to be beating the tar out of his terrified wife (Yvonne Mitchell) and daughter (Sharon Gurney). In a ham-fisted spin on Diabolique, the two women resolve to murder the old coot while on a family outing and disguise his death as a suicide. Their plans turn awry, however, when their alleged victim apparently refuses to give up the ghost. Gough turns in an excellent performance as the hate-worthy hubby, and there are a good number of effective chills, but overall the film is bogged down somewhat by dreary dialogue scenes and a pointlessly convoluted climax. ~ Cavett Binion, Rovi

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  • Dec 27, 2010
    A mother and daughter hatch a plan to kill the family's cruel patriarch. Reasonably well made, except for the fact that this dull ripoff of much better thrillers never should have been made.
    Greg S Super Reviewer
  • Nov 20, 2010
    I actually was enjoying this movie up until the ending.After it was over, I was like WTF just happened?! Can somebody explain it to me? If you watch it or have watched it, You'll know what I mean
    Brody M Super Reviewer

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