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Macabre (1958)

Approved  |   |  Horror, Thriller  |  October 1958 (USA)
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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
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Nancy Wetherby Tyloe
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Polly Baron - Nurse
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Philip Tonge ...
Jode Wetherby
Jonathan Kidd ...
Ed Quigley - Funeral Director
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Alice Wetherby Barrett
Howard Hoffman ...
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Miss Kushins
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Marge Barrett
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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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The greatest showmanship in a decade... backed by a sensational ticket-selling campaign... from ALLIED ARTISTS See more »

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October 1958 (USA)  »

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Macabro  »

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$90,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

The first of William Castle's "gimmick" films. In this one, admission included an insurance policy against "death by fright" issued by Lloyds of London. See more »

Goofs

Possibly intentional by director; Quigley was guilty of murder. The closing credits incorrectly place Ed Quigley among the characters who died during the movie. See more »

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 »

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I Wish I Still Had My Insurance Policy
23 March 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I dragged my mother to the Cedar Movie Theater in Minneapolis to watch a triple feature horror show. There was a casket in front of the theatre. I wonder where they got that. The Attack of the Crab Monsters was one film; this one was the second; the third I can't remember. She slept through all three. I was only 10 at the time. We had seen the hype for this on TV. Lloyds of London, a million dollars, all you had to do was to die of fright. Anyway, what turned out to be a pretty average movie with the "buried alive" thing at the center wasn't nearly as interesting as those talking crustaceans. This is really a police mystery. It does have atmosphere. There is a lot of rain. Why do these graveyard things always have so much rain? It is suspenseful at times but terribly talky as well. At my age, seeing a corpse was pretty frightening. When I had a chance to see it again about thirty years later, it really seemed ordinary.


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