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Il rosso segno della follia
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Release Date:
9 February 1974 (USA) See more »
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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  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)
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)

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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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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88 min | Spain:83 min
Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Germany:12 (re-rating) | Italy:VM18 | UK:X | USA:Unrated | USA:GP (original rating) | West Germany:18

Did You Know?

In certain foreign releases of the film Stephen Forsyth's character is re-named "Oliver Barrington." This may be due to distributors feeling that the name "John Harrington" was too generic for the character.See more »
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 »
John Harrington:A woman should only live to her wedding, love once, and then die.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Found (2012/III)See more »


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6 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
Another ingenious Mario Bava gem!, 10 September 2004
Author: The_Void from Beverley Hills, England

Horror maestro, Mario Bava directs this intriguing and ingenious horror highlight nightmare that delves deep into the mind of a madman. Stephen Forsyth is John Harrington, the aforementioned madman. Unlike most lunatics; John knows that he is insane. He confesses this to audience right near the start of the movie. The sequence in which he confesses is one of the creepiest and most surreal moments in the film. John confesses this to us like it is the most normal thing in the world. This confession also gives this film it's own unique edge over most giallo's; normally, we spend the film trying to work out who the killer is, but here Mario Bava not only lets us know who it is; but allows us to explore the murders with him; giving us the other side of the common mystery film. Aside from being mental, John is also the owner of a wedding dress shop. He murders women on their wedding night, and every time he kills someone; a little more of the murder of his mother is revealed. John also has a wife; a callous lady, who says she'll "never leave him", and a lady whom he despises.

As usual with Bava; the film is stunningly directed. Mario Bava is a man that is on top of his craft with every movie. Even when he only has a weak script or a dull story to work with; Mario Bava's films can always be given credit on the directorial side. His influence and importance to cinema far exceeds what he is credited for. Hatchet for the Honeymoon features several memorable and electrifying sequences. See the skilful way that Mario directs the sequence in which our protagonist is talking to the police, while the hand of his freshest victim slinks silently through the rails of the banister. Few directors could direct with such skill and precision to build up tension for a character that we don't actually like; but Mario Bava manages it admirably. The film also features hardly any blood at all; which is much to the film's credit. Bava concentrates on the mood and the atmosphere of the film, and therefore he simply doesn't need buckets of gore. Where other directors might have put some in to help sell their film; Bava just concentrates on what's important. Also worthy of note, as usual with Italian horror, is the music. Music helps this film massively; it is striking and unforgettable and it establishes a foreboding mood, of which the film makes best use.

The character of John Harrington, aside from being insane, is given a place in reality thanks to a brilliant performance by Stephen Forsyth. The film conveys the message that looks can be deceiving, and Stephen Forsyth is the perfect man to show that. On the outside, he is handsome and likable, but behind this facade; he is completely insane. Stephen Forsyth manages to capture both elements of the character; he somehow manages to do both things, despite them being complete opposites of each other. Hatchet for the Honeymoon is just another highlight in a long list of highlights from master director Mario Bava.

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