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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

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John Harrington
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Helen Wood
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Mildred Harrington
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Inspector Russell
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Alice Norton
Antonia Mas ...
Louise
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Vences (as Alan Collin)
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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)
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Storyline

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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1.66 : 1
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Trivia

The Spanish villa that the majority of the film was shot at was formerly the home of Spanish dictator Generalissimo Francisco Franco. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

[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 ...
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Crazy Credits

Instead of "screenplay," the credit is listed: "Screemplay: Santiago Moncada." See more »

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Formidable
11 January 2007 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Such a crass title for such a wonderful film. A little languorous but then it is dreamlike throughout. Not quite surreal but certainly possessing a quality that allows us to accept all manner of supernatural elements in such an elegant and matter of fact way. Always looks good, the music is effective and sometimes surprising, An unusual narrative structure where we feel we know more about the central character than he does but slowly discover we knew less as we see him gradually learn more. Marvellous sets, great use of colour and light (as we would expect with Bava) and of course those super looking girls and their outfits. Pretty vigorous but perhaps a little lacking in blood but then even this seems in keeping with the dreamlike state the film exists within. Formidable.


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