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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
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Alice Wetherby Barrett
Howard Hoffman ...
Hummel
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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

Film debut of Jacqueline Scott. 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 »

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 Fear in the Dark (1991) See more »

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People died in the movie theaters, they said, out of fear
26 February 2004 | by (Ponte Vedra Beach, FL) – See all my reviews

I remember the hype surrounding this movie when we were kids. It was said that people were dying in movie theaters, it was so frightening. Little children would have heart attacks. Naturally, we all begged to go. We never let up and so our mothers eventually said yes. I saw it at the River Park Theater in South Bend, Indiana, on a Saturday afternoon. The place was packed with kids. Movies cost 35 cents in those days, and the parents didn't come in -- they just dropped you off and picked you up. I remember being thrilled with anticipation, then keeping my face in my hands for about half the movie. I've never forgotten Macabre. Now Matt Drudge says a lady died in the theater watching Mel Gibson's "Passion." As far as hype goes, we've heard this one before.


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