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The Corpse (1971)

GP | | Drama, Horror | 1971 (USA)
A mother and daughter hatch a scheme to murder their family's domineering and sadistic patriarch.

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Walter Eastwood
Yvonne Mitchell ...
Edith Eastwood
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Jane Eastwood
Simon Gough ...
Rupert Eastwood
David Butler ...
Gregson
Olaf Pooley ...
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Benjy Smith
Mary Hignett ...
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A mother and daughter hatch a scheme to murder their family's domineering and sadistic patriarch.

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Michael Gough's character's son and daughter in the film were played by Gough's real life son, Simon Gough, and daughter-in-law, Sharon Gurney. So Simon Gough and Sharon Gurney played brother and sister when they were in fact husband and wife See more »

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A diabolical Les Diaboliques rip-off.
27 April 2016 | by (Hampshire, England) – See all my reviews

Housewife Edith Eastwood (Yvonne Mitchell) decides to rid herself of her cruel, domineering husband Walter (Michael Gough), enlisting the help of her wayward teenage daughter Jane (Sharon Gurney, who looks more than a little like Emma Watson to me, and who provides the film with a little gratuitous nudity). Together, the pair carry out a scheme to poison Walter, but are shocked when his body mysteriously vanishes, only to repeatedly turn up in the most unlikely of places.

British chiller Crucible of Horror blatantly uses French horror classic Les Diaboliques (1955) as its template, but fails to achieve that film's level of atmosphere or nail-biting suspense, a dreary pace and just a little too much horribly dated '70s psychedelia making it a less than satisfying experience. The film also manages to completely fluff the ending, delivering a 'WTF?' final act that will leave the viewer wondering if they have somehow accidentally restarted the film. My guess is that everything we have seen in the film has been wishful thinking on the part of the browbeaten wife, a broken woman's daily fantasy; if that is the case, then it's a massive cop-out. If I'm wrong, then the director's real intent is difficult to fathom. Either way, the film is a dud.

3.5 out of 10, rounded up to 4 for Gough, who plays the role of British bastard to perfection.


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