Crucible of Horror (1969)

Genres - Crime, Horror  |   Sub-Genres - Psychological Thriller  |   Run Time - 91 min.  |   Countries - UK  |   MPAA Rating - PG
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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.

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daughter, husband-and-wife, murder, stockbroker