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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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Santiago Moncada (screenplay)
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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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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)
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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88 min | Spain:83 min
Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
Germany:12 (re-rating) | Italy:VM18 | UK:X | USA:Unrated | USA:GP (original rating) | West Germany:18

Did You Know?

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 »
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 »
[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 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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Referenced in Fear, Panic & Censorship (2000) (TV)See more »


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6 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
Fascinating, 10 September 1999
Author: Scott Andrew Hutchins ( from New York, New York

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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