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A Hatchet for the Honeymoon (1970)

Il rosso segno della follia (original title)
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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Cast

Complete credited cast:
... John Harrington
... Helen Wood
... Mildred Harrington
... Inspector Russell (as Jesus Puente)
... Alice Norton
Antonia Mas ... Louise
... Vences (as Alan Collin)
... Dr. Kalleway (as Gerard Tichy)
Verónica Llimerá ... Betsy (as Veronica Llimera)
... John Harrington as a Boy (as Fortunato Pascuale)
Ignasi Abadal ... Jimmy Kane (as José Ignacio Abadaz)
Silvia Lienas ... Vicky
Montserrat Riba Vidal ... 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)  »

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Originally the script didn't include the character of Mildred Harrington. It was only after Laura Betti expressed interest in working with Bava that the director re-wrote the script so that Betti could have a suitable starring role. See more »

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"Screenplay" is misspelled as "Screemplay" in the opening credits. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Mildred Harrington: John? John!
John Harrington: [shaving] Just a minute, Mildred.
John Harrington: [voice-over] My name is John Harrington. I'm 30 years old. I am a paranoiac. Hmph... "paranoiac". An enchanting word. So civilized, and full of possibilities. The truth is, I am completely mad... the realization which annoyed 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.
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Visual feast
8 January 2011 | by See all my reviews

I was extremely surprised with the quality of this film. Mario Bava has created a flawless production. His use of colour is second to none. The sets and lighting are also top notch, conveying an eerie mood. Some lovely point of view shots are also utilized by Bava.

This film tells the story of John Harrington, who runs a fashion house specialising in bridal wear. He is unhappily married to his overbearing wife Mildred and he is also insane.

I would hesitate to call this a Giallo movie as the killer is revealed at the beginning of the film. This is more of a character study of the killer and his journey into madness.

For those interested in thrillers and atmosphere this comes highly recommended. Far better than Bavas better known Bay of Blood, which i found rather cheap looking in comparison.

This is a classic of Italian cinema. Highly recommended.


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