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Hatchet for the Honeymoon -- In this giallo film directed by Mario Bava, Stephen Forsyth stars as John Harrington, the head of an affluent fashion house, who harbors an uncontrollable bloodlust for women in bridal veils. Only by murdering a succession of them, each in a grisly manner, can he delve deeper into his subconscious and bring to light the primal scene that spawned his very specific homicidal fetish.

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Director:
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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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 ... 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)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Guido Barlocci ... Unknown (uncredited)
Bruno Boschetti ... Policeman (uncredited)
Elina De Witt ... Model (uncredited)

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:
1.66 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Germany:12 (re-rating) | Italy:VM18 | UK:X | USA:Unrated | USA:GP (original rating) | West Germany:18

Did You Know?

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:It could have been so nice... I think. Although I suppose it couldn't be.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Fear, Panic & Censorship (2000) (TV)See more »

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13 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
Swanky Sixties Spanish/Italian psycho cinema, 18 April 2001
Author: eegah-3 (eegah@hotmail.com) from Minneapolis, MN

In the late sixties Bava began reinventing the murder mystery formula he single-handedly created with films like THE GIRL WHO KNEW TOO MUCH and BLOOD AND BLACK LACE. In this film you know from the start who the killer is and so this film becomes a look into the crazed mind of a guy with childhood trauma who kills women. There's a great experimental score, cool fashions and a dance nightclub sequence for all you Sixties kitsch fans out there. Stephen Forsyth gives a great wide-eyed psycho performance and Bava forsakes his usual stylishly colored lighting for dreamy surreal imagery during the murder scenes. Bava even sticks in scenes from his earlier films on a TV as an in-joke for his fans.

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