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Review: CRUCIBLE OF THE VAMPIRE Looks To A Forgotten Era Of British Horror - Movies In Focus
Iain Ross-McNamee tries to take British horror back to the late 1960s and early 1970s with Crucible of The Vampire, a solid low budget fright pic that has enough atmosphere, quirky performances and mystery to keep you hooked. The ending is a bit of a let down and it could have done with more visual panache, but this is an entertaining slice of B-movie horror. Katie Goldfinch is Isabelle, a curator sent to a mansion to verify that a newly discovered relic is the real deal. The lord of the manor (Larry Rew) is a man not to be crossed, while his daughter Scarlet (Florence Cady) offers Isabelle some electric chemistry as things go bump in the night around the eerily quiet stately home. Things are weird but then they get really weird when Neil Morrissey puts in an appearance as the friendly gardener. Crucible of The Vampire has its roots firmly in the past and co-writer/director Iain Ross-McNamee has plenty of nods to classic British horror cinema. There’s more than a hint of Witchfinder General and The Wicker Man and whole thing feels like its based on a recently unearthed script from Hammer House Of Horror. The performances are all [...]