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Macabro (Macabre) (Frozen Terror) (1980)





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The feature directorial debut of Lamberto Bava (son of Italian horror legend Mario Bava), tells the twisted tale of a New Orleans wife whose fragile sanity is about to be shattered. Jane (Bernice Stegers) is swept up in a torrid affair when she leaves her two children home alone as she dashes out to rendezvous with her lover Fred on the other side of town. When Jane's bitterly jealous daughter Lucy (Veronica Zinny) uncovers evidence of her mother's infidelity, she decides to punish the misdeed by drowning her brother in a bathtub. Upon receiving news of the incident, Jane races home and gets into an automobile accident that proves the end of her lover, and leads to an extended stint in a local asylum for the devastated mother. Released a year later, Jane rents an apartment owned by blind landlord Robert. But why is Jane's freezer always locked up so tight, and just what emotional sway does the malevolent Lucy hold over her psychologically vulnerable mother? As the mystery deepens, it soon becomes apparent that Jane has lost all touch with reality, and that even in death she's not willing to let go of her lover. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovimore
Rating: R
Genre: Horror, Art House & International, Mystery & Suspense
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On DVD: Aug 6, 2002


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Critic Reviews for Macabro (Macabre) (Frozen Terror)

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Audience Reviews for Macabro (Macabre) (Frozen Terror)


There are some real crazy people out there, and this movie proves it. I had predicted the surprise at the climax about earlier than half way in, though, so it wasn't a surprise for me. Most of the movie is predictable, but what was a surprise was the very end of the movie, which is the only real punch this movie takes at the audience. Overall, this movie was creepy and full of crazy yet realistic characters, but it was also very predictable, and it could have been a lot better.

Aj V

Super Reviewer

"Macabro" is a very strange film and quite disturbing which is the theatrical debut of Lamberto Bava.This film isn't gory, it is all about the athmosphere and creepy mood and though it has a slow pacing it keep you interested and it never turns boring.

John Me

Super Reviewer

Italian horror flicks have the market cornered on the art of absurd, fantastical facial expressions. This movie is no different. The main character played by Bernice Stegers pops an outrageous lunacy laced mug in almost every scene she's in. I don't care for child actors generally but the daughter in this turns in a performance creepy enough to win a standing ovation from a audience of pedophile priests. The story in this is less than typical - which is an asset - it takes a long time to build though so if patience for you is not a virtue I wouldn't recommend this.

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