Macabre / Macabro (1980)

2.5 out of 5

There is something of a Filmirage feel to the New Orleans set Macabro. The film, a tale of an average woman and her sexually charged relationship with the decapitated head of her deceased lover, takes director Lamberto Bava and collaborator Pupi Avati into Buio Omega territory.

The Hammer House of Horror style ending feels a little contrived and is, truth to tell, cringeworthy. But all else is certainly worth the time.

The film is a little twisted, as would be expected from the theme of necrophilia, but is probably a little restrained given the potential of the material and it is mind boggling to explore the possibilities that were presented and how they would have played out had the project been under the direction of Joe D'Amato.

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