Making its World Premiere at Cannes Film Festival and garnering rave reviews at other major festivals, Iain RossMcNamee’s gothic chiller Crucible of the Vampire arrives in UK cinemas Today, followed by its home entertainment release on 4 February 2019 in dual format DVD and Blu-ray and on digital platforms courtesy of Screenbound Entertainment.
Starring British acting favourite Neil Morrissey (Line of Duty, Men Behaving Badly), alongside rising stars Katie Goldfinch and Florence Cady, this brooding vampire tale gives a strong nod to classic British horror greats and the genre defining Hammer Horror films.
A young museum curator Isabelle (Katie Goldfinch) is sent to look at an ancient artefact, discovered in the basement of a stately home in Shropshire. Welcomed into the sprawling manor house by a seemingly hospitable family; Karl (Larry Rew), his wife Evelyn (Babette Barat) and their beautiful daughter Scarlet (Florence Cady), but all is not what it seems, as a dark and terrifying secret hangs over them.
When Isabelle discovers the truth within the mansion’s foreboding walls, can she escape the clutches of its malevolent occupants? This immortal tale, which moves from the English Civil War to the present day, is smart, stylish,sexy and as sharp as vampire’s teeth.
We where lucky enough to get Crucible of the Vampire actress Katie Goldfinch to tell us all about her favourite horror film which turns out NOT to be a vampire movie:
“My First experience of horror was at age 6 when I managed to get hold of Species (1995). My Mum received a call from the school as I had been scaring my class mates with stories of what I had seen. That discovery unlocked an inquisitive curiosity in me, of things that I knew I wasn’t allowed to watch.
For many years as a youngster I watched lots of scary films. Particularly enjoying Hitchcock’s Psycho, Birds and Vertigo. When I hit my teenage years, movies like Scream and Candy Man were popular and strangely that is when my fear began to kick in. Struggling to sleep at night and always fearful someone would be standing in the mirror behind me, when I’d open my eyes from washing my face; I found my imagination had caught up with me.
Interestingly this was the age when I decided I wanted to become an actor. And it was when I saw Cathy Bates in Misery and Sissy Spacek in Carrie that this ambition was affirmed. My favourite performances in Horror/Thrillers are Sharon Stone in Basic Instinct and Naomi Watts in The Ring.
David Fincher’s masterpiece Seven changed everything for me. It was my first experience of a Psychological horror that exposed the darkness of humanity, a film that made me think for days and months after watching it. That is something the horror genre can do very well. It can play out your darkest fantasies and showcase the fragility of the game that is life and death.
Contemporary horrors which have resonated with me are: American Psycho, Sicario and Nightcrawler because they are led by some of the finest actors of our time, but also because they unveil destructive traits of the human condition like obsession and greed. And its films that challenge and dismantle our ways of viewing the world that interest and excite me.”
Crucible of the Vampire hits select cinemas on 1 February, and is available on Dual Edition (DVD & Blu-ray) and Digital from 4 February.