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Crucible of Horror (The Velvet House) (1971)

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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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Michael Gough
as Eastwood
David Butler
as Gregson
Howard Goorney
as Gas Attendant
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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.

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