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Macabre (1958)

Passed | | Horror, Thriller | October 1958 (USA)
A doctor's daughter is kidnapped and buried alive, and he is given just five hours to find and rescue her.

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Dr. Rodney Barrett
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Police Chief Jim Tyloe
Christine White ...
Nancy Wetherby Tyloe
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Polly Baron - Nurse
Susan Morrow ...
Sylvia Stevenson
Philip Tonge ...
Jode Wetherby
Jonathan Kidd ...
Ed Quigley - Funeral Director
Dorothy Morris ...
Alice Wetherby Barrett
Howard Hoffman ...
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Miss Kushins
Linda Guderman ...
Marge Barrett
Voltaire Perkins ...
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Storyline

A small-town doctor (William Prince) gets caught up in a revenge plot when his small daughter is kidnapped and buried alive as he is given a few short hours to find her before she suffocates. To cover the risk of a heart attack while viewing the film, Producer-Director William Castle provided each member of the audience with an official certificate issued by Lloyds of London to insure them for $1,000 against death by fright. The gimmick worked and Castle was on his way to movie exploitation stardom! Written by alfiehitchie

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So Terrifying We Insure You For $1000 against Death By Fright! (Not valid for persons with heart or nervous conditions) See more »

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Horror | Thriller

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Passed | See all certifications »
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October 1958 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Macabro  »

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Budget:

$90,000 (estimated)
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

During its initial theatrical release, attendees were given a small badge that said, "I'm no chicken. I saw 'Macabre'." See more »

Goofs

In the closing credits the last name of character Ed Quigley is misspelled "Guigley." See more »

Quotes

Narrator: Ladies and gentlemen - for the next hour and fifteen minutes, you will be shown things so terrifying that the management of this theatre is deeply concerned for your welfare. Therefore, we request that each of you assume the responsibility of taking care of your neighbor. If anyone near you becomes uncontrollably frightened, will you please notify the management so that medical attention can be rushed to their aid? Please set your watches. It is 6:45 in the evening in a town called Thornton...
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Crazy Credits

In an animated closing credit sequence, characters who died during the film are borne in hearses that parade across the screen, right to left. The surviving characters follow on foot. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Serial Mom (1994) See more »

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Great movie!
12 January 2007 | by See all my reviews

When I first saw this movie, I was around 9 or 10 years old. This is William Castle's first "official" horror movie. There are no monsters in it and no killers, at least no "graphic" killings, but for some reason, this has always been one of my favorite William Castle movies. I remember watching it real late at night. I think the intro and the end credits were somehow "scary" to me. At the end, as the credits are rolling, there is a cartoon of a "macabre" parade walking by. I still remember that to this day. One of the cartoon characters is carrying his own head. I'm 50 years old now and it's funny how a person can remember insignificant stuff like that over the years. I sure wish this movie would be released on DVD. I would love to see it in crystal clarity like the other William Castle movies that have been released on DVD.


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