Crucible of Horror (The Velvet House) Reviews
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."
I was waiting for the movie to really develop at this point, but the solution turned out be disappointingly simple. It would have made a better short entry in an Amicus Productions Anthology. In fact, it was. See the sketch,"Frozen Fear" in the 1972 horror movie, Asylum, which is also very similar to "The Neat Job," in Tales From The Crypt II, aka The Vault Of Horror, 1973.
Crucible of Horror tells the tale of a family that is terrorized by its patriarch, played by the lovable (haha) Michael Gough. Interestingly, his children in real life play his children in the movie. His wife suffers from psychological problems, which propels the action of the film nicely along. Halfway through the film, the mother decides her husband needs to go and so enlists her daughter to help pull this off. Of course, it turns out to be questionable as to whether they pull this off or not, but that is the fun of it.
Great psychedelic effects to portray madness!