Ambitious story-telling on a small budget.
- Crucible of the Vampire review by NP
Director Iain Ross-McNamee makes very good use of what is clearly a small budget, for this UK horror story. Veteran actors Brian Croucher (Doctor Who, Blake’s 7 and EastEnders) and Neil Morrissey (Boon, Men Behaving Badly) feature alongside newer names to give a good variety of ages and acting.
Special effects are used with great restraint, and when they do occur, are pretty impressive. The locations, and the vampiric atmospherics they bring about due to fine cinematography, are more immersive than the story being told, however. Rather than a traditional ‘Wicker Man’-style tale of mysterious locals and cavorting sects, I think a weirder, more personal story would have benefitted from McNamee’s talents. There is a certain Jean Rollin-esque style to some of the latter scenes and the way they are composed. Rather than embracing a style of film that has been told more expensively elsewhere, a more dream-like narrative would have been more suitable. There are several nods in that direction, with a certain erotic charge involving the excellent Katie Goldfinch (as Isabelle) and Florence Cady (Scarlet) and some fine locations (beautifully lit) with a dark fairy-tale quality. A little more of this and this enjoyable 96 minutes might well have been even more absorbing.
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Like a Car crash you can't look away from!
- Crucible of the Vampire review by TA
I had high hopes for this film, British Horror is usually very good, however this is like some kind of comedy parodying bad acting, I wanted to turn if off after 5 mins but it was like some gruesome car accident I couldn't look away from and I had to carry on watching just to see if it was actually that bad, to save you the time, Yes, yes it was.
The acting in porn movies is Daniel Day-Lewis like by comparison. It should be a comedy really, just one you won't laugh at much.
On the upside the investors shouldn't lose much with the £375 budget they used to make the film.
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