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An obsessed sculptor kills a young women to make a perfect bronze sculpture of her. Years later at his secluded home a number of people become trapped in a web of revenge, murder and horror.

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An obsessed sculptor kills a young women to make a perfect bronze sculpture of her. Years later at his secluded home a number of people become trapped in a web of revenge, murder and horror.

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The art of murder.

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At c. 53 minutes, as the Rolls-Royce is about to be driven off, there is a badly parked black car directly in front of it, well away from the pavement. However, when the Rolls-Royce moves away in the next shot the black car is suddenly perfectly parked. See more »

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Wonky but watchable oldie Brit-horror
26 September 2009 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This one opens with quite a doozy as a man pours molten bronze over a model who turns out to be still alive, well at any rate her eyes move. It looks like the stage is set for a freaky tale of artistic skullduggery, something along the lines of A Bucket Of Blood, but things veer off in a different and sadly less delicious direction as the film subsides into more of an oddball drama, interspersed by a few jolting murders. The story concerns some art dealer types who come to the home of a reclusive sculptor and his wife in order to get more work out of him for an exhibition to pay off investors. The sculptors wastrel son comes along too to help with the pitch and they find the eminent sculptor to be strange, his wife even stranger and the events that unfold to be positively unfortunate. I saw this late on a Friday night and its perfect for that time, reviving the old UK tradition of old fashioned horror for the more discerning post pub audiences. Though this one is less well known than most and hence a joyous discovery it is sadly not so great. The trouble lies mostly in the fact that whilst the actors do their best the film is just not that exciting, sure it bubbles along pleasantly and I was never exactly bored, it never sizzles like this sort of warped drama should do and the overall oddity and sprinkling of funny lines are the main draw. As the sculptor at the centre of things, radio DJ Mike Raven does his best, he certainly looks the part with a slightly sinister, gruffly professorial look about him, but he isn't much of an actor, pretty stiff mostly. Ronald Lacey is more animated as his son, whilst British TV veteran James Bolam (New Tricks etc.) does nicely as an art dealer. The beautiful and compelling Mary Maude is in there too, but doesn't really have the material to make too much of an impression which is sad given her great turn in the classic Spanish chiller La Residencia. Everyone bustles along, the Cornish location is great rendered appropriately chilly yet enticing by the fine cinematography of Peter Newbrook, but the film really needed more spark. The murders are good, but needed more savagery and, endearingly barmy ending aside, the film needed more kinks and craziness. It all lands up a decent enough experience for lovers of this sort of fare, but its not that great of a film really. Chiefly one for the addicts I'd say.


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