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Director  William Castle
Budget  90,000 USD
Language  English
5.8/10 IMDb

Genre  Horror, Thriller
Music director  Les Baxter
Country  United States
Macabre (1958 film) movie poster
Release date  October 1958
Writer  Robb White (screenplay), Anthony Boucher (novel)
Cast  William Prince (Dr. Rodney Barrett), Jim Backus (Jim Tyloe), Christine White (Nancy Wetherby), Jacqueline Scott (Polly Baron), Susan Morrow (Sylvia Stevenson), Philip Tonge (Jode Wetherby)
Similar movies  Creepshow, The Raven, Buried Alive, The Vanishing, Tales of Terror, The Mummy
Tagline  As Blood-Chilling As Being Buried Alive!

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Macabre is a 1958 thriller film directed by William Castle, written by Robb White, and starring William Prince, Jim Backus, Christine White, Jacqueline Scott, and Susan Morrow. The film falls into both horror and suspense genres.


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It involved one of Castle's first forays into using the promotional gimmicks that later made him famous. A certificate for a $1,000 life insurance policy from Lloyd's of London was given to each customer in case he/she should die of fright during the film.

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Dr. Rod Barrett's (William Prince) young daughter has been kidnapped by a mysterious maniac who has buried her alive "in a large coffin". The doctor has five hours in which to find and rescue her before her air runs out and she suffocates. The maniacal killer apparently also murdered Barrett's wife and her sister.

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Various family members and friends become potential suspects as they help in the search, wandering through dark graveyards, crypts, thunder and lightning, and red-herrings. The somewhat muddy plot leads to a surprise conclusion that reveals the guilty party and the motive. At the film's end, a narrator requests that the audience not reveal the unexpected ending to others.


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  • William Prince as Rodney Barrett
  • Jim Backus as Jim Tyloe, the town police chief
  • Christine White as Nancy Wetherby
  • Jacqueline Scott as Polly Baron, Barrett's assistant
  • Susan Morrow as Sylvia Stevens
  • Jonathan Kidd as Ed Quigley
  • Philip Tonge as Jode Wetherby
  • Dorothy Morris as Alice Barrett
  • Howard Hoffman as Hummel
  • Ellen Corby as Miss Kushins
  • Linda Guderman as Marge Barrett
  • Voltaire Perkins as Preacher
  • Production

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    In July 1957, William Castle formed the production company Susina Associates with Robb White and announced their intention to make five films over the following sixteen months, the first of which would be Macabre. Castle mortgaged his Beverly Hills house to finance the movie. He pitched his insurance policy gimmick to Howard Koch, and interested Koch and Aubrey Schenck enough to invest in the project as well. According to Macabre assistant director Paul Wurtzel, Koch helped Castle by letting him use Bel-Air Productions staff and its facilities at American National for cost plus a percentage.

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    Sources differ as to how much the film cost to make, putting it anywhere from $80,000 to $150,000 with $90,000 often cited. Production occurred from July 29 through August 12, 1957. Exteriors were filmed in Chino, California and interior shooting took place at Ziv Studios. Castle marketed Macabre to several distributors before Allied Artists picked it up for $125,000.


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    Castle employed a method he called "barnstorming" which involved following the film to different markets and promoting it along the way. In addition to the ads touting the $1,000 insurance policy, methods used for Macabre included hiring fake nurses to stand by in the lobby and parking hearses outside theaters. Castle arrived at the premiere by emerging from a coffin; at a Minneapolis theater he also sealed himself in a coffin like the kidnapped child of the story. The promotions proved successful and Macabre grossed as much as $5 million.

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