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Writer:
Santiago Moncada (screenplay)
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Release Date:
9 February 1974 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Mario Bava, reinventing the giallo! See more (43 total) »

Cast

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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)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Guido Barlocci ... John Harrington as a boy (uncredited)
Bruno Boschetti ... Policeman (uncredited)
Elina De Witt ... Model (uncredited)
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Directed by
Mario Bava 
 
Writing credits
Santiago Moncada (screenplay)

Mario Bava  screenplay (uncredited)

Produced by
Manuel Caño .... producer
 
Original Music by
Sante Maria Romitelli  (as Sante Romitelli)
 
Cinematography by
Mario Bava 
 
Film Editing by
Soledad López 
 
Production Design by
Giulia Mafai 
 
Makeup Department
Elisa Aspachs .... makeup artist (as Elisa Aspach)
Hipólita López .... hair stylist
Piero Mecacci .... makeup artist
Emilia Zachini .... hair stylist
 
Production Management
Graziano Fabiani .... assistant production manager
Enzo Ferla .... unit production manager
Jaime Fernandez .... production manager
José Pedro Villanueva .... assistant production manager (as Pedro Villanueva)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Lamberto Bava .... assistant director
Mario Bianchi .... second unit director
Ricardo Walker .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Giuseppe Aldrovandi .... assistant art director
Jesus Maria Herrero .... set designer (as Jesus Ma Herrero)
Gianna Spirito .... assistant decorator
 
Sound Department
Pietro Ortolani .... sound
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Jose Adrian .... still photographer
Marcello Anconetani .... assistant camera
Gianlorenzo Battaglia .... assistant camera (as Gian Lorenzo Battaglia)
Avelino Carla .... assistant camera
Jaime Deu Casas .... camera operator
Giuseppe Parrabano .... still photographer
Antonio Rinaldi .... camera operator
Emilio Varriano .... camera operator (as Emilio Barriano)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Nadia Fabriani .... set costumer
Montserrat Riba Vidal .... bridal gowns
José María Tresserra .... bridal gowns
 
Editorial Department
Liliana Serra .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Luigi Zito .... conductor
 
Other crew
Marisa Agostini .... script supervisor
Antonio Angrisano .... production secretary
Luigi Biamonte .... title designer
Miro Grisanti .... title designer
Patrizia Zulini .... script supervisor
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Il rosso segno della follia" - Italy (original title)
"An Axe for the Honeymoon" - International (English title) (informal literal title)
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Runtime:
88 min | Spain:83 min
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Color:
Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
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Certification:
Germany:12 (re-rating) | Italy:VM18 | UK:X | USA:Unrated | USA:GP (original rating) | West Germany:18

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Trivia:
The TV show that Harrington refers to in an attempt to fool Inspector Russell is a clip from Mario Bava's own Black Sabbath (1963) - specifically the "Wurdalak" sequence featuring Boris Karloff.See more »
Goofs:
Factual errors: 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, you reproduce yourself, and you die like man. The difference is you don't think. And, you don't need to remember. You don't fear death because you ignore it. You're insignificant life is a mere accident...
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18 out of 20 people found the following review useful.
Mario Bava, reinventing the giallo!, 27 February 2004
Author: Coventry from the Draconian Swamp of Unholy Souls

Man, I love Mario Bava's work! Every film I've seen of his is a pure masterpiece in my eyes and a complete cinematic ‘orgasm'! Hatchet for the Honeymoon is somewhat different compared to most of his other movies and perhaps even his most accessible film. Hatchet handles about a more common horror theme (namely a serial killer and his motivations) but in the very first place it is another Bava-omnibus of stylish direction, wonderful music, beautiful scenery and a unique, tense atmosphere. Bava never ceases to surprise me…I find it truly remarkable how this director is able to portray such ugly things (murder, insanity, aggression…) in an artistic way! Also, the film is far ahead of its time with the portrayal of a horrible murderer as a classy and intelligent businessman. Stephen Forsyth is brilliantly cast as John. He owns a fashion gallery in Paris, specialized in wedding dresses and there are a lot of models working for them. He urgently wants to divorce his wife because he despises her, but she won't let him. Like it's the most normal thing in the world, John confesses to the audience that he's a multiple murderer…' A woman should only live till her wedding day', he says, `love once and then die'! Forsyth was a genius choice to play John; he's handsome and extremely charismatic but also very frightening and morbid-looking at the same time. John is aware that he's sick, yet he can't control the urge to kill again. The second half of the film is even more brilliant, with a perfect image of a man stuck in a downwards spiral of insanity. Actually, what Bava does here, is single-handedly changing the rules of the giallo! The identity of the killer is exposed right from the beginning, yet there are numerous other aspects to discover about his personality…like what was the origin of his hunger for violence and misery?

Hatchet for the Honeymoon isn't the director best film (that honor goes to Black Sunday, without a doubt) but it still is a perfect score of 10 out of 10 in my book. I can only bring forward one negative aspect and that is – like usual – the annoying dubbing. Definitely also worth a mention: the beautiful female leads (and side-characters) in Hatchet. Dagmar Lassander is the stunning beauty that also appeared in Fulci's House by the Cemetary. Femi Bunissi plays another one of John's victims. I didn't know her, but she certainly is a gifted and gorgeous lady. Enter the world of Mario Bava as soon as possible! You won't regret it!!

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