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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
Sharon Gurney ...
Jane Eastwood
Simon Gough ...
Rupert Eastwood
David Butler ...
Gregson
Olaf Pooley ...
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Benjy Smith
Mary Hignett ...
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Howard Goorney ...
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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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Version of Reflections of Murder (1974) See more »

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Alfred the butler is from hell!
6 September 2003 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Not to be confused with the 1972 horror film about wax museums called Crucible of Terror; This is Crucible of Horror (1970) - British title: The Corpse. The film stars Michael Gough (Alfred from the Batman films) as Walter Eastwood - a wealthy, cruel & sadistic husband and father. Yvonne Mitchell plays Edith, the poor unfortunate woman who's basically lost her soul being married to Walter. Their children are Jane (Sharon Gurney) and Rupert (played by Gough's real life son, Simon). Walter consistently abuses Jane and praises Rupert. In one frightening scene, Walter beats Jane with a reed for stealing money from a friend of his. Rupert is the only one with a reasonably normal relationship with Walter - and why shouldn't he be? Walter puts his son on a pedestal and abuses his wife and daughter mentally and physically. The point of the film is that Edith and Jane reach their breaking point and decide to end their abuse by putting an end to Walter. So they poison him and make it look like a suicide. Then they have to worry about keeping it from Rupert. Things don't go exactly as planned. I won't dare ruin the outcome of this suspenseful british classic. If your a fan of the best Hammer films and horror of the late 60s and 70s, I highly recommend seeking Crucible of Horror out. There is something about this film, the music, the cinematography, etc., that creates a chilling atmosphere. Turn the lights out when you watch this. You'll never see Alfred the butler in the same way again!


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