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Hatchet for the Honeymoon (Il rosso segno della follia)

Hatchet for the Honeymoon (Il rosso segno della follia) (1969)

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Release Date: Jun 2, 1970 Wide

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Rosso Segno Della Folia, an Italian horror film written, directed and photographed by Mario Bava, is the bloody story of an impotent man who turns to murder to vent his frustrations. The designer and owner of a fashion design business (Stephen Forsyth), frustrated with his own sexual failure, murders the new brides who have modelled his fashions. When he decides to murder his wife, she becomes the ghost who will not leave him alone. Director Bava, who began his career as a cinematographer, while

Jun 6, 2000

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After the potent calling card of Black Sunday, Bava would go on to make other notable terror tales, but Hatchet for the Honeymoon unfortunately isn't one of them.

September 26, 2012 Full Review Source: Creative Loafing
Creative Loafing

Bava's dark comedy modulates voluptuously toward a madman's Rumpus Room, and the junction of Italian and Spanish Seventies horror

July 28, 2010 Full Review Source: CinePassion
CinePassion

Stylish horror pic that is done in by its illogical and crude fantasy narrative.

May 10, 2010 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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The general consensus on this Mario Bava film is that it's a departure from the traditional Giallo formula and that it's not one of his best, but it's one of my favorites.

June 27, 2008 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
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Audience Reviews for Hatchet for the Honeymoon (Il rosso segno della follia)

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.
April 14, 2011
matertenebraum

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I loved the story and the main character, he's not just a serial killer, he's a serial killer who tries to figure out why he's a serial killer. Great direction and style from Bava. I really liked this movie, and I highly recommend it to horror fans.
December 16, 2010
ajv2688

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A bit cliched story wise, but visually interesting.
October 20, 2009
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The first half of Hatchet for the Honeymoon was incredibly and painfully slow, but once the little woman pushes him too far it picks up. American Psycho definitely borrows liberally from this movie and Mario Bava paints wonderful images with lighting after his major studio stint (Danger: Diabolik) didn't work out to his liking. Ultimately, this is a rehash of Blood and Black Lace only not as fun--although Forsyth watching Bava's Black Sunday on TV was amusing.
December 7, 2007
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