Hatchet For The Honeymoon (1970)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB

Original title:  Il Rosso Segno Della Follia

Alternate title:  Blood Brides

Italy/Spain, 1970, , , .  Screenplay by .  Cinematography by Mario Bava.  Produced by .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by , .  Film Editing by .

 plays a bridal dress manufacturer who seems to have a harmonious business going on with his older, indulgent wife (). What no one knows is that he is a cold-blooded killer whose childhood-induced Oedipus complex compels him to murder every woman he sees wearing a wedding dress, which is easy to accomplish considering the amount of models to come work for the couple. Betti tries to deal with his increasing distance from her by becoming more motherly, but you could just imagine where this will take him. Imaginative direction and beautiful lighting make for a strong Italian giallo picture that is not hideously exploitative but is also not afraid to indulge in trashiness either. Director Mario Bava makes up for the lack of imagination in plotting by focusing his efforts on finding new ways to shoot Forsyth’s handsome face and create pools of beautiful light around him. Lots of harmless fun.

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