The Honeymoon Killers

The Honeymoon Killers

Blu-ray Disc - 2015 | Blu-ray version.
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When sullen, overweight Martha Beck joins Aunt Carrie's Friendship Club, she meets the man of her dreams: suave, handsome, two-bit Latin gigolo Ray Fernandez. And then the murders begin.
Audience: Must be 18 YEARS or OLDER to borrow this item.
OFA rating: R.
Publisher: New York : Criterion Collection, 2015.
Edition: Blu-ray version.
ISBN: 9781681430454
1681430452
Branch Call Number: Blu-ray FIC Honey
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (107 min.) : digital, sound, black and white ; 12 cm + 1 folded sheet (15 cm).
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Language Note: Closed captioned for the hearing impaired.

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Nursebob
Oct 14, 2018

Based on the exploits of the real life “Lonely Hearts Killers” who were active in the late 40’s, Larry Kastle’s cultish B&W oddity starts off like so much found footage from John Waters’ midnight vault but ends up like a re-imagining of "In Cold Blood". Stoler’s evil possessive harridan and Lo Bianco’s hammy Spanish accent certainly make for some unintentionally comedic bits especially when combined with cheap sets and overall affected performances—middle-aged Mary Jane Higby upstages everyone as a kooky Catholic victim—however, when the story moves into ever darker territory the laughs give way to a pervasive menace perfectly underscored by panning cameras and jarring close-ups. Featuring music by Gustave Mahler and a colourful background history—widely banned upon its initial release and originally directed by a young Martin Scorsese who was fired for “creative differences”—this is a purely American curio which certainly deserves more recognition than it's received.

Dark, dreary, but seemingly accurate account of postwar grifter-murder tag-team who targeted spinsters and widows. Interestingly, a young Martin Scorsese started out as the director before being fired by writer Leonard Kastle, who then took over directorial duties. Kastle claims that Scorsese was taking too long to shoot the picture and thereby, because of its low budget, endangered its completion. Shirley Stoler and Tony Lo Bianco are fantastic.

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voisjoe1_0
Aug 18, 2016

This indie was made after the collapse of the Hays Code and before the MPAA system could be set up, so there were no real attempts to force censorship cuts in the USA. The Brits, on the other hand attempted to order severe cuts, but the film makers vigorously balked and finally the Brits allowed all of their proposed cuts to be put back into the film. The producers had only $150,000 so they were forced to fire the director, hire and then fire a second director and then just have the scriptwriter direct the film. The first fired director was a very young Martin Scorcese!!! Since all of the characters were already dead, the producers had to pore through trial transcripts and newspaper headlines to get all the salacious details.

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ManMachine
Aug 02, 2016

Believe me - Having to endure watching 1969's "The Honeymoon Killers" for its full 105-minute running time was certainly no honeymoon for this totally dissatisfied viewer.

In this bleak, b&w, bargain-basement, psycho-drama of premeditated murder, ruthless treachery, and inevitable betrayal - It took all of the concentration and patience that I could possibly muster just to stay focused on this dreary and amateurish production that took the meaning of inept film-making to an all-time low.... I mean - This movie's script contained so many "WTF!?" moments that I swear they were making up this sh*t as they went along.

And, speaking about the incompetent, pudding-faced actress, Shirley Stoler, who played the part of the murderous, Martha Beck character - Man, she was so frickin' despicable and completely one-dimensional that I'm surprised she wasn't awarded a "Razzie" for her absolutely unconvincing (and, yes, utterly laughable) performance in this piece of cinematic junk...... (*Watch movie-trailer video*)

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lindy919
May 06, 2016

Not good.

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posie12
Mar 27, 2016

This is quite well made, I really had a hard time believing it was made in 1969. Shirley Stoler is excellent.

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