Macabre (1957)

35mm film, black and white, 1.85:1
mono (Ryder Sound Services, Inc.), English

An American horror film directed by William Castle.

Plot Summary

The daughter of a small-town doctor is kidnapped, buried alive, and has only five hours to live before her air runs out.


Directed by: William Castle
© MCMLVII [1957] Susina Associates
Allied Artists Pictures Corporation presents a William Castle and Robb White production
Produced by: William Castle
Screenplay by: Robb White
Based on a Novel by: Theo Durrant
Photography by: Carl E. Guthrie
Edited by: John F. Schreyer
Music Composed by: Les Baxter
Sound Mixer: Frank Webster
Wardrobe: Irene Caine, Bert Henrikson
Makeup Artist: Jack Dusick
Hair Stylist: Lillian Ugrin
Special Photographic Effects and Title Design by: Jack Rabin, Louis DeWitt, Irving Block
Art Directors: Jack T. Collis, Robert Kinoshita

The Dead
William Prince (Rodney Barrett)
Philip Tonge (Jode Wetherby)
Jonathan Kidd (Ed Quigley)
Christine White (Nancy)
Dorothy Morris (Alice Barrett)
Howard Hoffman (Hummel)

The Living
Jim Backus (Jim Tyloe)
Jacqueline Scott (Polly Baron)
Ellen Corby (Miss Kushins)
Susan Morrow (Sylvia Stevenson)
Linda Guderman (Marge)

Alternative Titles

Macabro – Italy
Macabru – Romania
Makavrios horos – Greece
Мрак – Soviet Union

Extracts included in
Horrible Horror (1986)
Nightmare Festival (1989)
William Castle, Hollywood Barnum (1987)



  • Fangoria no.211 (April 2002) pp.64-69 – illustrated interview with Jacqueline Scott (Great Scott! by Tom Weaver)
  • Kinematograph Weekly no.2659 (31 July 1958) p.19
  • Monthly Film Bulletin 25 no.296 (September 1958) p.115
  • Motion Picture Herald vol.210 no.13 (29 March 1958) p.773
  • The Daily Cinema no.8038 (8 August 1958) p.8
  • The Film Daily vol.113 no.50 (13 March 1958) p.14
  • The Hollywood Reporter vol.149 no.1 (10 March 1958) p.3
  • Variety 12 March 1958


  • The Allied Artists Checklist by Len D. Martin p.85-86 – illustrated credits, synopsis, note
  • The Aurum Film Encyclopedia: Horror by Phil Hardy (ed.) p.115
  • Horrorshows: The A-Z of Horror in Film, TV, Radio and Theatre by Gene Wright p.20 – credits, review
  • Step Right Up!… I'm Going to Scare the Pants Off America by William Castle pp.133-145