Macabre (1980)
aka Macabro
Genre: Horror | Thriller
Country: Italy | Director: Lamberto Bava
Language: Italian or English (2 separate audio tracks)
Subtitles: English (Optional, embedded in Mkv file)
Aspect ratio: Widescreen 1.85:1 | Length: 89mn
Bdrip H264 Mkv – 1920×1036 – 23.976fps – 3.55gb

A New Orleans housewife leaves her daughter and son home alone to meet her lover. While with him, she receives a call that her son has died. Wreckless driving rushing to her house results in a horrible accident. The lover dies and she is sent to a mental institution to recover from the psychological trauma. Upon her release a year later she moves into the boarding house where they would rendezvous. The landlord has passed away and her blind son is left to maintain the house. With every day that passes, his lust for her grows while she remains true to her lover. The situation comes to a “head” on a weekend visit with her daughter. All secrets will be revealed and no one will be the same. Inspired by actual events.

The debut film for Lamberto Bava (son of Italian horror master Mario Bava) was this bizarre, twisted, and compelling horror-thriller. Supposedly based upon an actual crime that took place in New Orleans, Macabro is one truly creepy and off-the-wall film. The story is full of suspense with a dash of dark humor (especially for that wild ending). Director Bava proves himself a worthy follower of his father as his direction is done with some gusto, giving this film a heated atmosphere of strangeness and building tension in all the right places. The downbeat music score and Gothic-like set pieces are a good touch as well.

The stars are another strong feature of this film. Bernice Stegers does a terrific turn as her warped character. Young Veronica Zinny is great as Stegers evil little daughter. Best of all though is Stanko Molnor as the sympathetic landlord who falls in love with Stegers. An outstanding trip into the weird, Macabro is the answer for those seeking an unconventional horror-thriller. It remains one of Bava Jr.’s finest works.


Macabre (1980)