Hatchet for the Honeymoon (Il rosso segno della follia) (1970)
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Critic Reviews for Hatchet for the Honeymoon (Il rosso segno della follia)
A horror film that turns giallo subgenre around, making it something "new". [Full review in Spanish]
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.
Bava's dark comedy modulates voluptuously toward a madman's Rumpus Room, and the junction of Italian and Spanish Seventies horror
Stylish horror pic that is done in by its illogical and crude fantasy narrative.
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.
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.
A bit cliched story wise, but visually interesting.
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