Blood Brides (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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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 ...
Luciano Pigozzi ...
Vences (as Alan Collin)
Gérard Tichy ...
Dr. Kalleway
Verónica Llimerá ...
Pasquale Fortunato ...
John Harrington as a Boy (as Fortunato Pascuale)
Ignasi Abadal ...
Kane (as José Ignacio Abadaz)
Silvia Lienas ...
Montserrat Riva ...
Bride on Train (as Monserrat Riba)


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 <>

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Release Date:

9 February 1974 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

An Axe for the Honeymoon  »

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ESP 10,908,239 (Spain)

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1.66 : 1
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Did You Know?


The Harrington's bed was originally used as a set piece in an earlier Bava film, 1963's Black Sabbath. See more »


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 »


[first lines]
John Harrington: [voice-over] 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 ...
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10 September 1999 | by (New York, New York) – See all my reviews

Very stylish tale plotwise reminiscent of Hitchock's _Psycho_, albeit with some fantastic twists. The films edits and distortions are fascinating, as is the cheeky main them that is frequently repeated. There is also a disco source track and a waltz among the main musical motifs. John Harrington's relationship with his wife and mother is explored in bizarre supernatural ways that have never (to my knowledge) been imitated. Despite its superficial resemblance to _Psycho_, including Harrington's driving motivation, the film is astonishingly original, handled in a completely different manner, with a completely different mystery. While _Psycho_ was an attempt by Hitchcock to improve on Hammer horror, Bava takes a main idea from Hitchcock and twists it into something possibly even greater than its clear inspiration.

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