Ratings Key

= Excellent. The best the genre has to offer.
1/2 = Very Good. Perhaps not "perfect," but undoubtedly a must-see.
★★★ = Good. Accomplishes what it sets out to do and does it well.
★★1/2 = Fair. Clearly flawed and nothing spectacular, but competently made. OK entertainment.
★★ = Mediocre. Either highly uneven or by-the-numbers and uninspired.
1/2 = Bad. Very little to recommend.
= Very Bad. An absolute chore to sit through.
NO STARS! = Abysmal. Unwatchable dreck that isn't even bad-movie amusing.
SBIG = So Bad It's Good. Technically awful movies with massive entertainment value.

Friday, November 7, 2008

Crucible of Horror (1970)

...aka: Corpse, The
...aka: Velvet House, The

Directed by:
Viktors Ritelis

A passive artist housewife (Yvonne Mitchell) and her nubile, sheltered teen daughter (Sharon Gurney) decide they’ve suffered enough at the hands of controlling, abusive husband/dad Michael Gough. They devise an elaborate scheme to get rid of him and think they do, but the corpse doesn’t seem to stay put for long. Nothing really original or special; this owes quite a bit to the French classic LES DIABOLIQUES, but Gough (whose real-life son Simon Gough plays same here) is impressively despicable and there are a few good suspense/horror sequences.

Score: 5 out of 10

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