AKA Macabro, AKA Frozen Terror is Lamberto Bava's first film. He got
the idea from a magazine article, and wrote the screenplay mostly as a
joke. The story is strange enough, Bava's direction is fine, the
photography is excellent, but the film has pace problems, and lacks a
|When Bava read a story
about a woman who kept the frozen head of her decapitated lover and
had sex with it, he decided to write a screenplay just for the fun of
it. He submitted it, and the producer immediately decided to make it.
Mario Bava saw the film and said he could die happy now, as his son
had proven himself as a director. Mario, ironically, died two months
|The film features well lit
full-frontal from Bernice Stegers both in a bath scene and a
Steger plays a New Orleans wife and mother of two, unhappily married
to an older man. No sooner is hubby off to work than she is off to her
love nest, leaving her daughter and her younger brother home. The
daughter, in a fit of jealousy, drowns the younger brother in the
bathtub, then calls her mother with the news.
||The mother and her lover rush to her
house, but the lover is killed in a traffic accident.
Cut a year into the future. Stegers
gets out of a mental hospital, and moves into her love nest. The
former landlady has died, leaving her blind young son as the owner. We
discover slowly, along with the blind landlord, exactly what secret
she is keeping in the freezer.
This would have been enough story for
a half hour Hitchcock Presents, and would be similar to his work.
There was not enough meat for a feature film. Nonetheless, it proved
Lamberto's ability to direct a film.
- With their
dollars ... The box
office was so bad on this film that Bava was out of work
for over two years.
guideline: 7.5 usually indicates a level of
excellence, about like three and a half stars
from the critics. 6.0 usually indicates lukewarm
watchability, about like two and a half stars
from the critics. The fives are generally not
worthwhile unless they are really your kind of
material, about like two stars from the critics.
Films under five are generally awful even if you
like that kind of film, equivalent to about one
and a half stars from the critics or less,
depending on just how far below five the rating
guideline: A means the movie is so good it
will appeal to you even if you hate the genre. B means the movie is not
good enough to win you over if you hate the
genre, but is good enough to do so if you have an
open mind about this type of film. C means it will only
appeal to genre addicts, and has no crossover
appeal. D means you'll hate it even if you
like the genre. E means that you'll hate it even if
you love the genre. F means that the film is not only
unappealing across-the-board, but technically
inept as well.
Based on this
description, I will award
C-. It is mostly of interest to genre fans who want to see
everything Lamberto Bava did.
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