Hatchet for the Honeymoon [Blu-ray]
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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).
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.Read more ›
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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Probably not the best Bava film, the flavor of it reminds me of "Blood and Black Lace, Kill Baby Kill," and "The Whip and the Body". Read morePublished 1 month ago by Matthew A.
This giallo is just wonderfully 70s in all the best ways. The cheese factor and dubbed dialogue is not going to be everybody's cup of tea, obviously, but if you dig the wackiness,... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Katherine Simmons
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 morePublished 20 months ago by Sean E McGovern
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 23 months ago by Onri
I've seen most of Bava's horror outings and the more I rewatch them, the more entertaining they become. Read morePublished on December 18, 2013 by michael moodgroove
Mario Bava's HATCHET FOR THE HONEYMOON opens w/ a bloody double murder of a newlywed couple on a train. Read morePublished on August 4, 2013 by Bindy Sue Frønkünschtein