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The Corpse (1971)

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



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Cast overview:
Walter Eastwood
Yvonne Mitchell ...
Edith Eastwood
Sharon Gurney ...
Jane Eastwood
Simon Gough ...
Rupert Eastwood
David Butler ...
Olaf Pooley ...
Benjy Smith
Mary Hignett ...
Howard Goorney ...
Petrol Pump Attendant
Sam ...
Sam the Dog


A mother and daughter hatch a scheme to murder their family's domineering and sadistic patriarch.

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Drama | Horror

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Rated R for some violent content and nudity | See all certifications »

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1971 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Crucible of Horror  »

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1.66 : 1
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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 »


Version of Diabolique (1996) See more »

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12 July 2006 | by (Denver, Colorado and Santiago, Chile) – See all my reviews

Just as "Psycho" would inspire any number of American movies, the contemporary French thriller "Diabolique" would influence any number of European movies. This movie is a decidedly British and more familial version of that film. In "Diabolique" a brutal and abusive man's wife and mistress decide to bump him off. In this one it is a mother and daughter trying to do in their cruel husband/father (the relationship between the father and daughter is especially twisted--he seems to enjoy whipping her, he slaps her around after he catches her swimming nude, and he likes to feel her bicycle seat after she's just been riding it). The pair surprise him out at the cabin where he's doing some hunting and force him to drink poison, hoping that his friends will find him and think he died of natural causes. Their plans go awry though for various reasons, not the least of which is that the "body" keeps disappearing and appearing.

If you've seen "Diabolique" you know that there's a good chance that the father isn't really dead, and there's also a good chance he has at least one co-conspirator. Fortunately, this movie doesn't follow the plot of "Diabolique" too slavishly, and it has quite a few surprises up its sleeve. The end is very memorable. Michael Gough, who plays the abusive father, really makes the movie. He is very creepy both alive and "dead" projecting a subtle but powerful air of menace. (Unfortunately, most people today remember him as the butler in "Batman", not as the cruel villain he played in movies like this or "Horror of the Black Museum"). Sharon Gurney, who plays the daughter, is also good, but she had the misfortune of appearing two critically regarded but commercially unsuccessful horror flicks (this one and "Raw Meat") and her career went nowhere.

Unfortunately, the available prints of this movie look awful. The video is a mess and the DVD looks like a DVD-R recorded from the video by someone who doesn't know how to use a DVD recorder. It's also advertised on the front cover like its another version of "The Stepfather" (also a good movie, but a very different one)which is bound to attract the wrong audience. It's worth seeing though if you get a chance and you know what to expect.

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