Macabre (also known as Macabro and Frozen Terror) was released as Baiser Macabre in France. ‘Baiser’ means ‘kiss’, both as a noun and a verb. It also means ‘to fuck’. And that, ladies and gents, is where this all gets kind of weird. Because the double meaning of that word will creepy-crawl you, if you’re at all familiar with the film. If you’re not, please refer to the picture at the top of this post. Are you creepy-crawled now? Good.
Lamberto Bava (son of Italian cinematic maestro Mario Bava) made his feature-film directorial debut with this bizarre film about a deranged woman who keeps her dead lover’s decapitated head in the freezer and brings it out every night to make love to it. (I’m not giving anything away here; you can pretty much figure out this shocking twist early on into the film). The central premise itself is preposterous, and I have to admit I wasn’t too fond of this film when I first saw it. But on subsequent viewings, I began to appreciate it’s strange atmosphere, its cast of despicable and dysfunctional characters, and the sheer lunacy of all that happens within its 90 minutes. Don’t get me wrong – I still think this film is too silly for its own good, and the fake Southern accents in the English dub are truly horrendous. But Macabre has a certain twisted charm and meanness to it which makes it excellent late-night viewing. Very late-night viewing.