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, Rovi
Art House & International , Horror , Mystery & Suspense
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Audience Reviews for Macabro (Macabre) (Frozen Terror)


A sort of interesting directorial debut by Lamberto Bava (Mario's son). This movie starts off strongly and ends cool, but it really drags in the middle. The secret becomes rather obvious early on and then the movie just plods along. For better Lamberto Bava, look at A Knife in the Dark or Delirium.

Al Miller
Al Miller

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
Aj V

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SPOILER ALERT!!! not that you will really care since you will not watch this one ever! SPOILER ALERT!!! Slow moving and somewhat predictable shocker. At first I thought she was just having ghost orgasms with her dead lover. Then I realized the stupid truth when the decapitation was driven home (AAAAAH). Stanko Molnar really tries hard to make blindness compelling by fumbling around ineffectually and staring into the camera at weird angles. The last ten or fifteen minutes of this thing is simply too good to be true. Really. Fantastic stuff.

R.John Xerxes
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