to hear that a stately home
owner has discovered an ancient
artefact in his basement that could be
the missing part of a witchs cauldron
the museum has in its collection,
a curator sends his innocent young
female assistant to the spooky mansion
to see it is indeed genuine; where she
finds herself in a terrifying life-and-
death battle in the impressive Gothic
chiller Crucible of the Vampire... IN
AN ATTEMPT TO BRING HIS DEAD DAUGHTER back to life, a necromancer mixes a potion
in a cauldron under cover of Jacob's Wood, but is discovered and hung by an
associate of the Witchfinder General Matthew Hopkins in 1649, before he can
complete his task.
The cauldron was cleaved in two and one piece ends up in a museum run by curator
Professor Hugo Edwards (Phil Hemming), who is contacted in 2017 by Karl (Larry
Rew), with news that he has found what appears to be part of a cauldron buried
in his basement.
of the Vampire
has an intriguing
storyline that you can
sink your teeth into,
gradually building up
tension before swiftly
delivering a chilling
to be too busy to go to investigate himself, Hugo instucts his assistant, the
naïve and innocent young Isabelle (Katy Goldfinch), to go to Shropshire to find
out if the ancient artefact Karl has discovered really is the missing piece
of the Stearne Cauldron that would have played a part in the rebirth of Lydia
Stearne (Lisa Martin).
On reaching the rambling stately home Isabelle is welcomed by Karl and his wife
Evelyn (Babette Barat), but their daughter Scarlet (Florence Cady) seems rather
fey and offhand. Isabelle is inexplicably drawn to Scarlet and the girl takes
an unsettling interest in her.
Isabelle stays at the spooky house, suffering disturbing nightmares and visions
of a pale, wild-eyed woman who seems intent on doing her harm. Very soon Isabelle
is befriended by gardener Robert (Neil Morrisey: Line of Duty; Men Behaving
Badly) and is also warned of the dangers of the house by the former gardener's
son Tom (Aaron Jeffcoat), whose father met an unfortunate end.
As a dark and malevolent force closes in on Isabelle and the house's terrifying
secret is revealed, will she be able to find her way back to a place of safety
before she is gone forever?
Having made its World Premiere at Cannes Film Festival, Crucible of the Vampire
received rave reviews at other major festivals. Rising stars Katie Goldfinch
and Florence Cady are excellent and develop their characters well in this brooding
vampire tale that gives a clear nod to classic British Horror and, despite being
set in 2017, has a distinctly Seventies feel that works well. Think Hammer Horror
Described as smart, stylish and sexy, Crucible of the Vampire has an
intriguing storyline that you can sink your teeth into, gradually building up
tension before swiftly delivering a chilling climax.
Crucible of the Vampire also features: Brian Croucher as Ezekiel; Charles
O'Neill as Jeremiah; John Stirling as Stearne; and Angela Carter as Veronica.
Original Music is by Michelle Bee and Amanda Murray; Cinematography by Richard
Carlton; Written by Ian Ross McNamee, Jon Wolskel and Darren Lake (who also
plays The Hooded Figure); Produced by Amanda Murray and Ian Ross-MacNamee; and
Directed by Ian Ross-MacNamee.
* Iain Ross-McNamee's gothic chiller Crucible
of the Vampire is set to arrive in UK cinemas on 1 February 2019 and will
be released in the UK, courtesy of Screenbound Entertainment, on DVD and Blu-ray
and digital platforms on 4 February 2019. DVD and Blu-ray: Certificate: 15 |
Running Time: 97 Minutes | RRP: £19.99. Digital Release Platforms: Amazon, iTunes,
Sky Store, Microsoft, Hoopla, Vubiquity and Indemand.
"Crucible of the Vampire has an intriguing storyline that you can sink
your teeth into, gradually building up tension before swiftly delivering a chilling
Maggie Woods, MotorBar
"Such an engaging story that is both broodingly ethereal, visually eloquent
and thoroughly enjoyable" Starburst
"There's something of a retro Golden Age of Brit horror kick to Crucible
of the Vampire… a joyous nostalgia trip" Diabolique Magazine
"Cady and Goldfinch deliver equally powerful central performances that hold
the film together and are crucial to Crucible of the Vampire's success.
And succeed the film certainly does" ****