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Hatchet for the Honeymoon

Hatchet for the Honeymoon
Italian theatrical release poster
Directed by Mario Bava
Produced by Manuel Cano
Written by Santiago Moncada
Mario Bava
Starring Stephen Forsyth
Dagmar Lassander
Laura Betti
Jesús Puente
Music by Sante Maria Romitelli
Cinematography Mario Bava
Editing by Soledad López
Studio Manuel Caño Sanciriaco
Mercury Films
Pan Latina Films
Películas Ibarra y Cía.
Release date(s) 2 June 1970
Running time 105 min.
Country Italy
Language Italian
Box office 59,000,000 (Italy)
65,559 (Spain)

Hatchet for the Honeymoon (Italian: Il rosso segno della follia / The Red Mark of Madness); also known as Blood Brides and An Axe for the Honeymoon) is a 1970 Italian giallo film directed by Mario Bava and starring Stephen Forsyth, Dagmar Lassander and Laura Betti.


The film is about a series of murders committed by a sexually-frustrated man who owns a bridal shop.

Critical reaction

AllMovie called it "not the best of Mario Bava's work", but "a must see for those who love the genre and admire stylish horror films."[1]

Although the film does not have enough reviews for a Rotten Tomatoes rating, the site records two positive and two negative reviews from critics.[2]

Tim Lucas, author of the critical biography Mario Bava: All the Colors of the Dark, calls Hatchet For the Honeymoon "Mario Bava's most personal horror movie" and states "Time has shown the film, initially misunderstood and considered one of Bava's lesser works, to be startlingly prescient, pointing the way for Mary Harron's film of Bret Easton Ellis' American Psycho in particular."[3]


External links

  • Internet Movie Database

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