Macabre/Frozen Terror is an unassuming little film. It could almost be an episode of The Twilight Zone (1959-63) or perhaps more appropriately an episode of one of the non-fantastic anthology series of the same era such as Alfred Hitchcock Presents (1955-62) or Thriller (1960-2) spun out to feature length. The story is a one-twist tale everything depends on the revelation of its central surprise, the film has not been designed with a second act. At times, it does seem padded but for the most part Lamberto Bava does a fine job of building the mystery up about who it is that Bernice Stegers spends all her time fucking in the upstairs apartment and exactly what it is that she keeps locked in the icebox.
Of course, the claim made by the publicity that Macabre/Frozen Terror is based on a true story is pure nonsense. The telling of the story in terms of the horror and suspense genres tends to mitigate against its believability the plot devices of the genre seem too artificial for real life. Moreover, the twist ending where the severed head comes to life and turns and bites Stanko Molnar makes such claims seem ever more ludicrous, not to mention spoils a good deal of the mood build-up by going for a sensationalistic shock effect. The film goes on location in New Orleans and the citys individualistic architecture looks great although this does also require the entire cast to affect horrendous Southern accents.
Macabre is not related and should not be confused with the William Castle psycho-thriller Macabre (1958).
Lamberto Bavas other genre films are: A Blade in the Dark (1983), Devouring Waves/Devil Fish (1984), Demons (1985), Demons 2: The Nightmare Returns (1987), Graveyard Disturbance (1987), Delirium (1987), Demons 3: The Ogre (1988), Dinner with a Vampire (1988), The Mask of the Demon (1989), The Prince of Terror (1988), Body Puzzle (1992), The Torturer (2005) and Ghost Son (2007). Nowadays, Lamberto Bava mostly works in tv.
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