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Hatchet for the Honeymoon (1970)
"Il rosso segno della follia" (original title)

GP  -  Horror | Thriller  -  9 February 1974 (USA)
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A bridal design shop owner kills various young brides-to-be in an attempt to unlock a repressed childhood trauma that's causing him to commit murder.

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Stephen Forsyth ...
John Harrington
Dagmar Lassander ...
Helen Wood
Laura Betti ...
Mildred Harrington
Jesús Puente ...
Inspector Russell
Femi Benussi ...
Alice Norton
Antonia Mas ...
Louise
Luciano Pigozzi ...
Vences (as Alan Collin)
Gérard Tichy ...
Dr. Kalleway
Verónica Llimera ...
Betsy
Pasquale Fortunato ...
Club Waiter (as Fortunato Pascuale)
Ignasi Abadal ...
Kane (as José Ignacio Abadaz)
Silvia Lienas ...
Vicky
Montserrat Riva ...
Bride on Train (as Monserrat Riba)
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Storyline

The owner of a design house busies himself murdering the new brides who have modelled his bridal fashions. When he decides to murder his wife, she becomes the ghost that wouldn't leave. Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

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bride | murder | ghost | meat cleaver | trauma | See more »

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Horror | Thriller

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9 February 1974 (USA)  »

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Hatchet for the Honeymoon  »

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ESP 10,908,239 (Spain)
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1.66 : 1
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According to star Laura Betti while shooting at the villa in Spain numerous policemen kept watch during filming because there were concerns that fake blood might stain the floors of the villa. See more »

Goofs

When a newspaper close-up is shown, with a report of a murder on a train on the front page, the French word for wife (Epouse) is misspelled. See more »

Quotes

John Harrington: My name is John Harrington. I'm 30 years old. I'm a paranoiac. Paranoiac. An enchanting word, so civilized, full of possibilities. The truth is, I am completely mad. The realization which annoys me at first, but is now amusing to me. Quite amusing. Nobody suspects I am a madman. A dangerous murderer. Not Mildred, my wife. Nor the employees of my fashion center. Nor of course my customers.
[scoops a fly out of his drink]
John Harrington: Poor little fly. Why are you so daring? You're so fragile? Yet you're born, ...
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Visual feast
8 January 2011 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

I was extremely surprised with the quality of this film. Mario Bava has created a flawless production. His use of colour is second to none. The sets and lighting are also top notch, conveying an eerie mood. Some lovely point of view shots are also utilized by Bava.

This film tells the story of John Harrington, who runs a fashion house specialising in bridal wear. He is unhappily married to his overbearing wife Mildred and he is also insane.

I would hesitate to call this a Giallo movie as the killer is revealed at the beginning of the film. This is more of a character study of the killer and his journey into madness.

For those interested in thrillers and atmosphere this comes highly recommended. Far better than Bavas better known Bay of Blood, which i found rather cheap looking in comparison.

This is a classic of Italian cinema. Highly recommended.


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