MACABRE (aka MACABRO) (1980)
Director: Lamberto Bava
Starring some people I’ve never heard of: Bernice Stegers & Robert Molnar
This Movie is a true cult classic. Its been recommended to me forever by my buddy Mark Mccoy who loves the director. At any rate I finally got back to watching some older films this week, and this one was at the top of my list. The director is the son of famed director Mario Bava who apparently died just two months after seeing this his sons first ever film.
Don’t be mistaken, this is not a gore film, but more a slow moving psychological thriller that at any moment you the viewer feel as though things are going to get really nasty really quickly.
So much occurs in the story that its hard to fathom how it all gets sorted out in an hour and a half. Somehow it does.
The main character goes through two horrific deaths in one day (her lover, and her son). After being away for sometime she returns to the boarding house where her lover lived upstairs. Downstairs lives the landlord who is a blind man that creepily fixes musical instruments. He basically falls in love with her, but upstairs she just makes love to herself (or her dead lover), while the blind man listens on. The woman also has a daughter who is a sick little turd.
Its a great “true” story that supposedly Bava found in a New Orleans newspaper, and then decided to make a movie about. Everything about this film is great. The setting in New Orleans… the boarding house where much of everything takes place… everything looks splendid. Music is super tense. The acting is top notch. The smile and eyes of the main character make everything so believable. The blind man truly comes off as blind. The story is just wickedly odd and unique.
Don’t sleep on this, its streaming on Amazon Prime right now. Its a really decent transfer as well (unlike the shit Devon will sit through). (NW)
NW: Nate Wilson DC: Devon Cahill MA: Matt Average