They say that evil dies hard. Such is the case with Crucible of Horror, the story of a domineering, sadistic father who tortures his family while his wife and two adult kids bear it all with quiet grace and dignity. [Ah, it's the British way!] Things have probably been going on like this for years with no one willing to challenge dear old Dad. Finally, mom and daughter have had enough and they devise a plot to kill off the old man. They succeed but the problem is that he doesn't stay dead.
Crucible is rather slow paced British film whose bright spot is Michael Gough [Alfred in the 1990's Batman movies] as the father. He's a terrific actor who can bring just the right amount of menace and cruelty to the role.
The problem with Crucible is that it's just not that interesting. The cinematograph is fine. Most of the acting is fair. However, there's just not that much material to work with here. It feels like very familiar territory and the movie pulls no surprises.
This one might be fine for British audiences but its all a bit too tamed and civilized for me.
For more info check out the film's entry in IMDB.