The Honeymoon Killers

1969, Crime/Drama, 1h 48m

20 Reviews 1,000+ Ratings

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Martha Beck (Shirley Stoler), an obese nurse who is desperately lonely, joins a "correspondence club" and finds a romantic pen pal in Ray Fernandez (Tony Lo Bianco). Martha falls hard for Ray, and is intent on sticking with him even when she discovers he's a con man who seduces lonely single women, kills them and then takes their money. She poses as Ray's sister and joins Ray on a wild killing spree, fueled by her lingering concern that Ray will leave her for one of his marks.

Cast & Crew

Tony Lo Bianco
Raymond Fernandez
Marilyn Chris
Myrtle Young
Kip McArdle
Delphine Downing
Mary Breen
Rainelle Downing
Barbara Cason
Evelyn Long
Guy Sorel
Mr. Dranoff
Eleanor Adams
Mrs. Hand
Gustav Mahler
Non-Original Music
Oliver Wood
Cinematographer
Michael Haley
Unit Production Manager
Fred Kamiel
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Critic Reviews for The Honeymoon Killers

All Critics (20) | Top Critics (4) | Fresh (19) | Rotten (1)

  • Shot in a grainy grey and white helps to give the film an amateurish and at the same time realistic feel, particularly as it's based on true events. With standout performances from Lo Bianco and Stoler, this is a forgotten gem.

    September 25, 2007 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Made with care, authenticity and attention to detail.

    September 25, 2007
  • It is one of the best and, curiously, most beautiful American movies in recent years.

    May 9, 2005 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…
  • Leonard Kastle brings a spare dignity and genuine depth of characterization to his exploitation subject.

    January 1, 2000 | Full Review…
  • Stoler is Divine, Annie Wilkes Joan Rivers and Nurse Ratchet merged into one unforgettable performance. The film's low budget, often amateurish editing, and hand-held camerawork blend beautifully and make the film into a work of art.

    February 25, 2021 | Rating: 4/5
  • depicts crime and violence as a moral vacuum that draws in the narcissistic and the pathetic without ever moralizing or preaching

    October 7, 2015 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Shot in a grainy grey and white helps to give the film an amateurish and at the same time realistic feel, particularly as it's based on true events. With standout performances from Lo Bianco and Stoler, this is a forgotten gem.

    September 25, 2007 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Made with care, authenticity and attention to detail.

    September 25, 2007
  • It is one of the best and, curiously, most beautiful American movies in recent years.

    May 9, 2005 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…
  • Leonard Kastle brings a spare dignity and genuine depth of characterization to his exploitation subject.

    January 1, 2000 | Full Review…
  • Stoler is Divine, Annie Wilkes Joan Rivers and Nurse Ratchet merged into one unforgettable performance. The film's low budget, often amateurish editing, and hand-held camerawork blend beautifully and make the film into a work of art.

    February 25, 2021 | Rating: 4/5
  • depicts crime and violence as a moral vacuum that draws in the narcissistic and the pathetic without ever moralizing or preaching

    October 7, 2015 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Honeymoon Killers

  • Dec 30, 2012
    Feels like a John Waters movie. Odd and slow. Not sure I liked it.
    Hugo S Super Reviewer
  • Oct 04, 2012
    There are some very funny moments, but it's long for its subject matter, and not as shocking as I had hoped it would be. If this were a horror film it would have done a lot better.
    Aj V Super Reviewer
  • Jun 30, 2011
    I live in a country where people will inform you that Pulp Fiction is action, American Psycho is horror, Eternal Sunshine is comedy, Donnie Darko is witty, and the Honeymoon Killers is drama. well, what was i supposed to expect? its pretty hilarious.
    Coxxie M Super Reviewer
  • Feb 27, 2010
    Not particularly good.
    Tim S Super Reviewer

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