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Nightmare Honeymoon (1974)

Sadistic low-budget thriller about newlyweds Dack Rambo and Rebecca Danna Smith who are pursued and terrorized by a pair of rural killer rapists. One of the psychos is John Beck from the '... See full summary »


Elliot Silverstein


Lawrence Block (book), S. Lee Pogostin


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Dack Rambo ... David Webb
Rebecca Dianna Smith ... Jill Binghamton Webb
John Beck ... Lee
Pat Hingle ... Mr. Binghamton
Roy Jenson ... Sandy
David Huddleston ... Pete Carroll aka Barnett
Jay Robinson ... Ruskin
Dennis Patrick ... John Kenmore
Jim Boles Jim Boles ... Uncle Everett
Dennis Burkley ... Bubba
Patrick Cranshaw ... Old Bail Boy
Angela Clarke ... Lady in the Park
Jack Perkins ... Carl
Bob Steele ... Charlie
Richard O'Brien Richard O'Brien ... Sheriff


Sadistic low-budget thriller about newlyweds Dack Rambo and Rebecca Danna Smith who are pursued and terrorized by a pair of rural killer rapists. One of the psychos is John Beck from the '60s rock group the Leaves ("Hey Joe"). Filmed in Louisana. Nicholas Roeg ("Don't Look Now"), the original director, was replaced by Elliott Silverstein after five days of shooting. Music by Elmer Bernstein. Written by alfiehitchie

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Release Date:

19 July 1974 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Blood Song See more »

Filming Locations:

Covington, Louisiana, USA See more »

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| (Republic Pictures Distribution copy)

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Color (Metrocolor)

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1.85 : 1
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Drama Not Horror
29 May 2009 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Nightmare Honeymoon (1973)

** (out of 4)

Low budget drama about newlyweds David (Dack Rambo) and Jill (Rebecca Dianna Smith) who witness a mob hit and then the real terror begins. David is knocked out by Jill is raped by one of the men. Ashamed, she refuses to go to the cops so David decides to track the men down himself and kill them. OK, this is being sold as a horror film so it's fair warning to let you know that it isn't. The murders, rape and everything else happen off screen so if you're buying into the rape/revenge thing then you're going to be disappointed. The film is pretty much a straight drama that plays it way too safe to really work. There's nothing really bad here but at the same time there's nothing really good either. One thing that didn't work was the direction, which was just too laid back and it was to the point where it really slowed the movie down. There are countless scenes that just go on and on and in the end these too slow the film down. I'm not sure what it is but we also have the same conversations throughout the movie as the characters can't make their minds up on what they want to do. You could say this is realistic but it doesn't work on film here. The same conversations get very boring after a while. Both Rambo and Smith are decent enough in the film with character actors John Beck, Pat Hingle and Jay Robinson offering up support. One really annoying thing about this movie is its soundtrack, which is just overbearing at times because of how high they turn in up to try a show when danger is about to happen. After a while it gets tiresome. Apparently Nicolas Roeg (DON'T LOOK NOW) started directing this but dropped out after the first week and I'm curious to know if he shot the scenes at the hamburger joint because there are a couple stylish camera moves here that look like his and don't match anything else in the movie.

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