Macabre / Macabro (1980)

3.0 out of 5

A woman descends into perversion and madness in Lamberto Bava’s directorial debut, which is based on true events.

Jane,Bernice Stegers, is released from a mental asylum, where she was committed after the deaths of both her young son and secret lover. She moves back into the upstairs room that she used to rent, in a large house occupied by the blind Robert, played by Stanko Molnar.

Robert begins hearing erotic noises coming from Jane’s room at night, which are always followed by the sound of Jane closing the refrigerator. This is puzzling since there is no sign of anyone having entered the house. As Robert begins to solve the mystery, he is drawn deeper into a truth more perverse than he could have imagined.

Macabre is a genuinely creepy film. The pacing is slow but gradually builds into utter chaos and insanity. The bright New Orleans exteriors make the dimly lit interiors all the more dark and claustrophobic. Though not as graphic as one would expect, there are some truly disturbing scenes that more than make up for the lack of gore.

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