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Crucible Of Terror (1971)

Mike Raven , Ted Hooker  |  Unrated |  DVD
2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Mike Raven
  • Directors: Ted Hooker
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Severin Films
  • DVD Release Date: October 12, 2010
  • Run Time: 91 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003Y7F1JG
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #356,443 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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One part cautionary tale, two parts bloodbath, Crucible Of Terror has left its indelibly mad mark on horror fans the world over since its original release in 1971. British horror icon Mike Raven (Lust for a Vampire) stars as demented sculptor Victor Claire, a deranged genius who employs the most twisted and gory means imaginable in his blind pursuit of artistic perfection. Great art demands the ultimate sacrifice, and Raven demands all that and more from a host of comely models who unwittingly submit to his murderous creative method. Definitively not for the squeamish, Crucible Of Terror is a must-see for all devotees of 70's British Horror.


An Oddly Effective Maverick Entry In The Annals Of Independent British Fright-Flicks With Sex, The Supernatural, And The Art Of Murder. --Video Vista

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
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Victor Clare (former BBC DJ, Mike Raven) is an artist. He "worships" beauty. He wants to "preserve" and "possess" beauty. That's why he never sells his work. It's not his job, it's his devotion. Fortunately, his workload is manageable because his taste in beauty is narrow. No trees or sunsets or daffodils. No landscapes, or still lives, or abstracts. He only paints women. Young women. Young nekkid women. And nothing but.

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.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars This New Release Does The Film Justice! August 16, 2000
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Format:VHS Tape
A psychotronic gem and a rather original tale in the "mad artist" subgenre of horror film, this is the first version of "Crucible of Terror" not to suffer from ghastly editing and bad prints that have so far been the norm. Having seen the entire film while vacationing in London, I can say that this is 99% intact but I am not complaining about the missing 1%. The print is clear and some of the more erotic and disturbing scenes have not been hacked out. Character actor Ronald Lacey is a hoot as the embittered toad of a son to an equally piggish and megalomaniacal reclusive artist played by former BBC DJ Mike Raven. Raven definitely looks the part and a whole slew of other British character actors round out this macabre tale of art, obsession, and murder most foul. Recommended for lovers of bizarre low-budget cinema!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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I checked this film out solely based on the title, Crucible of Terror (1972), because I thought it sounded...well, cool...Crucible of...TERROR...oooh, sounds scary, doesn't it? Well, it wasn't...not one wee bit. It was kind of interesting, but more from a curiosity standpoint. Thing is, the whole `artist who creates art by destroying the living' thing has already been done, and in much better films like House of Wax (1953) and Bucket of Blood (1959). Co-written and directed by someone named Ted Hooker (in his one and only film), Crucible of Terror stars former British radio DJ Mike Raven (Lust for a Vampire, I, Monster) and Mary Maude (Scorpio). Also appearing is James Bolam (Straight on Till Morning), Betty Alberge (Disciple of Death), John Arnatt (Hysteria), Judy Matheson (Lust for a Vampire, Twins of Evil), Beth Morris (Son of Dracula), and Ronald Lacey, whom most will recognize as Major Toht from the film Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981), he sure lost a lot of hair since this film...

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).
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2.0 out of 5 stars Crucible of Terror November 4, 2010
CRUCIBLE OF TERROR is perhaps more notable for its lead actor's ties to the occult than for the film, itself. In it, a mad sculptor attempts to transubstantiate the souls of the dead into the bodies of the living using an ancient form of magic. Radio DJ Mike Raven plays the eccentric artist Victor Clare, with an overstated performance that is far too silly to even be mistaken as camp. His ultimate goal in transferring souls is never fully realized nor explained at any point throughout the film. A seemingly uncorrelated slasher element is also added to the meandering plot in an attempt to keep up the pace, but the preposterous murders, the ease with which the other characters dismiss them, and the poorly constructed reveal in the end make little sense at all. Ted Hooker's confused take on the basic HOUSE OF WAX premise inevitably fails to shock, frighten, or disturb, and can only be enjoyed for its brief moments of gore and unintentionally humor in an otherwise unforgivable production.

-Carl Manes
I Like Horror Movies
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Sort of a more twisted version of house of wax, but from the early seventies.
Published 1 month ago by Joel A. Henricks
2.0 out of 5 stars It almost had a plot
Watched the whole thing because it seemed to be going somewhere in spite of some flaws. But I was wrong. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Ralph Ware
4.0 out of 5 stars "I'll Respect You When You Stop Making Me Sick!"...
Artist Victor Clare (Mike Raven) is wowing the art world w/ his full-sized bronze sculptures of beautiful nude women. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Bindy Sue Frřnkünschtein
3.0 out of 5 stars Oddball Film Has Moments Of Inspiration
During the late 1960s & early 1970s, a number of small film companies set up shop in competition with Hammer and Amicus for a slice of the British horror film pie. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Chip Kaufmann
2.0 out of 5 stars Fairly typical of the period
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 more
Published 12 months ago by Hellena Heavenly
3.0 out of 5 stars thought it would be better..
The movie started out okay, but after awhile, it got a little boring, all the way to the
climactic ending!
Published 19 months ago by Marjorie Shadich
2.0 out of 5 stars CRUCIBLE OF TERROR
The movie supposedly got an X rating on it release, but it should be rated pg 13 it has no nudity few killing with little gore. Read more
Published on October 26, 2010 by Critique
5.0 out of 5 stars ENJOYABLE MURDERS
Published on May 9, 2007
2.0 out of 5 stars Why did I buy this?
No, I'm serious - I can't remember. I'm interested in certain kinds of horror films (Universal through to Hammer), but they either have to have some good qualities, or be so... Read more
Published on March 8, 2007 by Simon Fell
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