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The art of murder.
An obsessed sculptor kills a young woman 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. | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)
Mike Raven ... Victor Clare

James Bolam ... John Davies
Mary Maude ... Millie

Ronald Lacey ... Michael Clare
Betty Alberge ... Dorothy Clare
John Arnatt ... Bill
Beth Morris ... Jane Clare
Judy Matheson ... Marcia

Melissa Stribling ... Joanna Brent
Kenneth Keeling ... George Brent
Me Me Lai ... Chi-San (as Me Me Lay)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Stephen Manley ... 1971

Directed by
Ted Hooker 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Ted Hooker 
Tom Parkinson 

Produced by
John Brittany .... executive producer
Peter Newbrook .... executive producer
Tom Parkinson .... producer
Original Music by
Paris Rutherford 
Cinematography by
Peter Newbrook 
Film Editing by
Maxine Julius 
Art Direction by
Arnold Chapkis 
Makeup Department
Jan Dorman .... hair stylist
Jimmy Evans .... makeup artist
Production Management
Ted Sturgis .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Roger Simons .... assistant director
Ted Sturgis .... assistant director
Gary White .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Sound Department
Colin Hobson .... sound editor
Bob Jones .... dubbing mixer
Ken Ritchie .... sound recordist
Nolan Roberts .... re-recording
Camera and Electrical Department
Kelvin Pike .... camera operator
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Mary Gibson .... wardrobe
Editorial Department
Tariq Anwar .... assistant editor
Other crew
Ann Edwards .... continuity

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Also Known As:
"Unholy Terror" - USA (DVD title)
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91 min
Color (Eastmancolor)
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Continuity: 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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Shame and scandal in the family..., 29 December 2005
Author: Coventry from the Draconian Swamp of Unholy Souls

"Crucible of Terror" is potentially interesting but nevertheless poor 70's horror of which the weak storyline constantly bounces back and forth between two popular horror themes; namely the house-of-wax theme and the satanic-cult theme. Especially this last theme was used frequently during the early 70's, with other (and better) titles such as "The Blood on Satan's Claw" and "To The Devil a Daughter". The story of this fun turkey revolves on an art-gallery owner and his gorgeous girlfriend encountering a hugely eccentric sculptor and his messed up family. I'm not sure I understood all the bizarre family relations but I think the artist lives together with his demented wife as well as with his mistress. Meanwhile, he also successfully woos the wife of his alcoholic son... Then there's also this elderly guy living in the same house but I have absolutely no idea what his position is towards the rest of the family. Anyway, one of all these annoying people is a vicious murderer and, even though you absolutely can't see it coming, the revelation of his/her identity is utterly ludicrous! "Crucible of Blood" contains some enjoyable sequences, more particularly the gross murders, but overall it's boring and unoriginal low-budget trash. The female actresses are painfully untalented but look very ravishing and Mike Raven is completely miscast as the womanizing artist. He looks somewhat like a crossover between Christopher Lee and David Carradine but totally lacks the charisma of both. In fact, this "Crucible of Blood" would work a lot better as a British government film to promote the tourist opportunities of Cornwall, because the filming locations are really beautiful and well-illustrated by cinematographer Peter Newbrook. As a shocking horror film, however, it's not the least bit impressive.

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