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Hatchet For The Honeymoon

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VHS Details

  • NTSC Formatted (U.S.)
  • Rated: Not Rated
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 28 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Released:
  • Originally Released: 1969
  • Label: Alpha Video

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Description by OLDIES.com:

Italian horror movie master Mario Bava directed and photographed this bloody tale of a sexual deviant who turns to murder in order to vent his frustration and anger.

Stephen Forsyth stars as the owner of a fashion design business who murders the gorgeous women who have modeled his wedding gowns. Every murder he commits brings him closer to confronting a childhood trauma that involves a stairway, a keyhole, and the killing of his mother.

Hatchet for the Honeymoon is shot in the unique and beautiful visual style that is the hallmark of director Mario Bava.

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John Harrington (Stephen Forsyth) is a successful, handsome, somewhat vain young man who runs a fashion studio. He's also, unfortunately, quite insane. Driven by an overpowering Oedipus complex and the recurring image of his dead wife, Harrington has a compulsion to kill women after dressing them in bridal gowns. With each murder, the root cause of his psychosis is a little closer to being fully revealed, until a long-repressed memory finally comes clear. As with many movies of the giallo genre, Bava's film is somewhat short on plot and long on style. The director's questions about a shifting surface of reality come up again and again; Harrington's obsession with fashion and his own primping can be taken as metaphors for that issue. The narrative is reeled off in a somewhat offhand manner, though, and Harrington, though tragic, is not a character with whom the audience can sympathize. The film's long suit, however, is style, and Bava's trademarks are present throughout: red- and blue-lit sets, zoom shots, gauzy flashbacks, inventive camera work and compositions. Bear with the movie's story pretensions and sluggish pace, and you'll find a giallo that, while it doesn't rank with the best of Mario Bava, still has interesting points to recommend it. --Jerry Renshaw

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  • Sales Rank: 13,697
  • UPC: 089218330567
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