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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 ...
Louise
Luciano Pigozzi ...
Vences (as Alan Collin)
Gérard Tichy ...
Dr. Kalleway
Verónica Llimerá ...
Betsy
Pasquale Fortunato ...
John Harrington as a Boy (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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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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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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A fiendish and colorful psycho drama from the great Mario Bava.
27 September 2009 | by (Brentwood, USA) – See all my reviews

Handsome bridal shop owner is troubled by mysteries from his childhood which seem to drive him to murder brides-to-be. However he may have other problems after the ghost of his vindictive wife starts to haunt him.

Hatchet for the Honeymoon is one deliciously strange and darkly comical chiller from the great Mario Bava. As usual Bava's direction is excellent and inventive; particularly the dynamic camera-work and vivid imagery. The story is quite compelling as it goes against the norm and takes the killer's point of view and makes us surprisingly sympathetic toward him. The plot also takes some nicely off-beat twists as it brims with moments of macabre humor, sharp suspense, and some touches of dream-like surrealism. In addition the music score of Sante Maria Romitelli is jazzy and quite beautiful at times; a nice contribution to the colorful cinematography.

The cast is fairly solid too. Star Stephen Forsyth does a wonderfully brooding performance and makes his psychotic character strangely likable (one wonders if Bret Easton Ellis saw this film before writing American Psycho). Forsyth is perfectly matched by co-star Laura Betti, who does a fiendish performance as Forsyth's domineering wife.

Hatchet for the Honeymoon is a real treat for fans of Bava and the giallo genre, or those that just enjoy odd-ball horror films. It's one of Bava's most interesting works and remains perhaps the most overlooked of his films.

*** 1/2 out of ****


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