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
Art House & International , Drama , Horror
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Michael Gough
as Eastwood
David Butler
as Gregson
Howard Goorney
as Gas Attendant
Simon Gough
as Rupert
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She has everything she wants. A successful political influencer has two women that reside with him, one woman is older and a mother figure to the young female. The two women plot to kill the politician so they can move on with their lives; unfortunately, after the deed is done they will find it hard to keep it covered up. "What the hell are you doing?" Viktors Ritelis, director of episodes from the television series Vendetta, The Expert, Home and Away, A Country Practice, and GP, delivers Crucible of Horror. The storyline for this picture is just average with few good horror elements. The acting is mediocre even for this genre. "I hope I'm not a bother." I came across this on Netflix a couple weeks ago and thought it would be an interesting movie to add to the queue. Overall, it was a below average addition to the genre with few redeeming sequences. I recommend skipping this. "Let's kill him." Grade: C-

Kevin Robbins
Kevin Robbins

Unfollowable plot with boring characters and a dragging story. It doesn't make a lot of sense, it doesn't get too thrilling, and there is hardly any resolution. A dud ultimately.

Wes Shad
Wes Shad

It takes too long for this film to get into business. There is only maybe 30 minutes that worth watching.

Lanky Man Pat
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