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Hatchet for the Honeymoon [Blu-ray] (1970)

Stephen Forsyth , Dagmar Lassander , Mario Bava  |  Unrated |  Blu-ray
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Actors: Stephen Forsyth, Dagmar Lassander, Laura Betti, Jesus Puente
  • Directors: Mario Bava
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Blu-ray, Extra tracks, NTSC, Original recording remastered, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Redemption Films
  • DVD Release Date: September 18, 2012
  • Run Time: 88 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B008BWFOVO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #152,857 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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John Harrington (Stephen Forsyth) and his wife, Mildred (Laura Betti), run an exclusive salon devoted to wedding apparel for women. Although he seems a harmless fashion designer, John is actually a serial killer, doing in his young customers on their wedding nights. With each murder, John is able to see a bit more of the long-repressed memory of his mother's death. When he murders his wife, she returns to haunt him.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Middling Bava is still impressive September 19, 2000
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
A unique blend of giallo and ghost story/tale of madness, Hatchet for the Honeymoon is quite an entertaining trifle. The plotting is careless, what with the police inspector showing up at just the right moment at least three times too many, but Mario Bava's many visual and editing flourishes are so clever they're downright witty. I particularly like the way the psycho, John Herrington, literally puts his wife at a distance by looking at her through the wrong end of his binoculars while she harangues him. Also wonderful is a transition where the camera pans across a line of mannequin heads that seem to float against the black background of a darkened room. The camera stops at the final head, which we realize with a start is Herrington, and we hear a woman's voice speaking. There's a momentary sense of dizzying disorientation before the camera suddenly continues its pan and we see the woman speaking and realize that we're in a different scene now. There's also a bit worthy of Hitchcock at his best involving a single drop of blood poised to drop from a dead woman's hand that threatens to expose Herrington while he's being questioned by the police. The picture and sound quality of the DVD is not in the same league as other movies in the Bava Collection such as Black Sunday or Black Sabbath, but it's safe to assume that Image did the best they could with the best source material they could find. Overall, perhaps not among Bava's very best films, but still more than worthwhile for those who appreciate imaginative, well-crafted filmmaking.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Great movie but very poor picture and terrible sound! February 6, 2002
By Jim K.
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
As always, my review is based on the QUALITY of the DVD.
I appreciate Image Entertainment giving us the opportunity to view "Hatchet for the Honeymoon" and another work of Mario Bava to observe. It is remarkable that we have this new entertainment medium and that we can enjoy these films from so long ago. But -- this DVD is the worst one that I own. The picture is lousy and the sound is awful. You get the 1.66:1 screen ratio, but that wouldn't be so bad if the picture was CLEAR. I'm not sure if this was released prematurely. Just take into consideration my review of picture + sound to make your decision if you really want to buy this. In addition, it comes in a snap-case although there are some notes within.
Volume is at an all-time low. I had to crank up my speaker and software volume to the maximum and still had trouble hearing the dialogue. You could not possibly eat potato chips and listen to this at the same time!
The movie itself is pretty good, perhaps worthy of three stars. Some good points: a nice, recurring love/fantasy theme music or melody. Perhaps the love theme is derived from the bridal costumes and weddings. Parts of the movie are quite haunting. There are no luscious beauties here at all found in other Bava films; the women are rather plain with the exception of what appears to be one beautiful, tall Black woman walking by (quick) and an extremely nice, long pair of legs close-up.
While the theme music is pleasant, there are nauseating guitar sequences during action shots. Horror buffs and people who crave gore will not find either in this movie. Own this only if you are serious about building a Mario Bava collection (I am).
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars probably the best this movie will ever look August 27, 2000
Format:DVD
Bava's intriguing and original twist on the Italian giallo (a genre he had pretty much invented with Evil Eye and Blood and Black Lace) with an empathic view towards the killer (who is never hidden like in other thrillers but revealled right at the start). However, this is not a harrowing portrait of perversity like Henry:Portrait of a Serial Killer or even Psycho. Bava's colourful compositions and beautiful cinematography give the proceedings a decidedly playful appeal - and his surreal flashbacks whenever the killer strikes avoids the use of on-screen gore. His use of voice-overs in the opening is inspired, as our 'hero' ponders his madness, what drives him to kill, etc. All this is delivered with a suitible ironic european flavour that non-Bava fans may be rather baffled by.
It's a shame that 'Hatchet' didn't receive the sort of dvd treatment 'Black Sunday' or 'Lisa & the Devil' got from Image, but it's a solid addition to any collection of Bava's work or fans of early Italian horror. The image quality looks reasonable enough, but the sound quality is rather distracting, although perfectly audible. Of course there aren't any extras.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Bava Blu Ray - A Brilliant transfer... May 29, 2013
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
[Hatchet For The Honeymoon - 1969 - Widescreen - English - 88 minutes] The HD blu ray treatment of this film is certainly worth the upgrade for all Mario Bava aficianados - the picture quality is superb, the colors rich and vibrant, the contrast uncanny for a film this old. Over and over again while I was watching I had to remark to myself how gorgeous it was, unlike a lot of other blu ray flicks I 'upgraded' lately. The audio, however, is a slightly different story - it appears that with each new reel of film, there's an abundance of snap, crackle, and popping and some hiss for around 20 seconds before it clears up. After that, it's fine. A minor distraction, but worth the trade for the video brilliance offered.

Not technically a gaillo, due to the fact that we know the killer's identity within three minutes as he gives an internal monologue declaring his psychological dilemma and love for killing women, this is still Bava working full throttle, though not necessarily paving new roads with this film. It's very different from his 'Bay of Blood', from the following year which, along with Sergio Martino's 'Torso', ushered in the slasher film about six years before John Carpenter's 'Halloween'. This is more like his other 60's film's, psychological horror without the gothic feel, yet the goth elements are evident everywhere - the lead's wife is a spiritualist, the elaborate castle manor they live in, the creepy mannequins that dreadfully dominate and dictate his desire to kill, and the childhood murder that haunts him currently, puzzle pieces of which he still can't come to grips with all play out with elaborate visual splendor, as Bava also plays cinematographer as well as director.
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5.0 out of 5 stars 5 stars for Hilarious MST3K viewing!
Hatchet For The Honeymoon is a 1969 Italian horror film that is valuable for its campy nature. We had a great time laughing at the situations, acting, and costuming for the film. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Sean E McGovern
2.0 out of 5 stars Skip it
Could of been a better movie if the plot was different. I just can't say anything because all I wanted to do was say really you don't know who the killer is?????
Published 4 months ago by Onri
4.0 out of 5 stars The more Bava I See, the More I like.
I've seen most of Bava's horror outings and the more I rewatch them, the more entertaining they become. Read more
Published 7 months ago by michael moodgroove
5.0 out of 5 stars "A Woman Should Live Only Until Her Wedding Night, Love Once, And Then...
Mario Bava's HATCHET FOR THE HONEYMOON opens w/ a bloody double murder of a newlywed couple on a train. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Bindy Sue Frřnkünschtein
2.0 out of 5 stars For The Himbo Only
The only good reason to watch this film is to see Stephen Forsyth, one of the most beautiful and breathtaking men God ever did create, play a pscyho. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Paul Voorhies
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good Bava Blu-ray
"Hatchet for the Honeymoon" tells the story of John Harrington, an outwardly-normal man with recurring nightmares resulting from a childhood trauma - the brutal murder his mother... Read more
Published 15 months ago by M. Smith
4.0 out of 5 stars Experiments with the Camera
This is from Mario Bava's middle period, when his work becomes more "tongue-in-cheek." It doesn't have the same level of intensity, or belief, as Black Sunday or Black Sabbath or... Read more
Published 22 months ago by Anon.
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent entry in the giallo genre
Mario Bava founds this movie on a fascinating premise;John Harrington is a man who is mad, knows he is mad, but hides it from everyone. Read more
Published on October 8, 2010 by Channel KDK12
4.0 out of 5 stars Someone's Tiptoeing Inside My Brain
First of all, Hatchet for the Honeymoon is not going to scare anyone who is into horror films. Its value is classic camp. Read more
Published on November 15, 2009 by S. P. Miskowski
3.0 out of 5 stars Even Death Could Not Separate Them
In real life, director Mario Bava had a troubled marriage. It was reflected in his "Hatchet for the Honeymoon," a kaleidoscopic, modern gothic horror. Read more
Published on April 2, 2008 by J. B. Hoyos
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