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Hey, he's an artist.
Actually, Victor doesn't just paint. He also sculpts. If you've seen House of Wax (1953), you've got a rough idea of his technique. It's one reason the film is called Crucible of Terror. A crucible is "a vessel used for melting or calcining materials at high temperatures." It's also "the bottom of an ore furnace in which the molten metal collects." Victor owns one of each.
A crucible is also "a severe test or trial." People trapped in a tense, suffocating social setting are said to be in a crucible. That pretty much describes Victor's dinner parties. Millie (Mary Maude) endured one of those. In fact, she suffered through an entire weekend with Victor and family. One can't blame her if she ends up dumping Jack (James Bolam).
Here's how it all began ...
Jack, the owner of a London art gallery, is in a financial pickle. He could escape debt if only he had more works by that mysterious reclusive artist, whose bronze sculpture of a nekkid woman sold for a good price. But Victor (who else?) refuses to sell his works. Luckily for Jack, Victor's no-good drunken son, Michael (Ronald Lacey), has been stealing dad's works, to sell to Jack. But Michael can't sell too many, lest Victor notice.Read more ›
As the film starts, we see scenes of a forge heating up, a nekkid, unconscious woman (enjoy it because this is it for the nekkid parts in the entire film) being covered in plaster or something, and then molten bronze poured from a crucible into the cast...then cut to a middling art show run by John (Bolam). Seems John is having a tough time of it, up to his eyeballs in debt, but pieces by one particular artist are selling well, and John sees an opportunity, but there's a catch. The artist, named Victor (Raven), is somewhat of a recluse, and John only had access to sell some of Victor's art because Victor's son Mike (Lacey) pilfered said art pieces from his father in order to support his enormous drinking habit (or so I'm guessing because the guy was constantly hammered throughout the film).Read more ›
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Well this is NOT the worst film I've ever seen - If you want a down right bloody awful film try "Hillbillys in a Haunted House (1967)". Read morePublished 4 months ago by Rainey Dawn
Sort of a more twisted version of house of wax, but from the early seventies.Published 16 months ago by Joel A. Henricks
Watched the whole thing because it seemed to be going somewhere in spite of some flaws. But I was wrong. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Ralph Ware
Artist Victor Clare (Mike Raven) is wowing the art world w/ his full-sized bronze sculptures of beautiful nude women. Read morePublished on November 12, 2013 by Bindy Sue Frønkünschtein
I was hoping I would like this more than I did. But the stereotype of the "old artist who keeps women around" is never one I find interesting or believable. Read morePublished on October 14, 2013 by Hellena Heavenly
The movie started out okay, but after awhile, it got a little boring, all the way to the