The Honeymoon Killers (Blu-ray) R

Love is a bitch ... called Martha.
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  • Rated: R
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 47 minutes
  • Video: Black & White
  • Released: September 29, 2015
  • Originally Released: 1969
  • Label: Criterion
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Note: Interview with writer-director Leonard Kastle from 2003
    • Love Letters, a new interview program by Robert Fischer, featuring actors Tony Lo Bianco and Marilyn Chris and editor Stan Warnow
    • "Dear Martha...," a new video essay by writer Scott Christianson, author of Condemned: Inside the Sing Sing Death House
    • Trailer
  • Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 1.85

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Total Count: 19


User Ratings: 2,365
Rating: 3.5/5 -- A pulp classic ranking near the top of its particular post-Hays Code, pre-MPAA moment. Full Review
F5 (Wichita, KS)
Jan 19, 2007
Rating: 3.5/4 -- depicts crime and violence as a moral vacuum that draws in the narcissistic and the pathetic without ever moralizing or preaching Full Review
Q Network Film Desk
Oct 7, 2015
Rating: 3/4 -- The reputation of this intriguing cult item far exceeds the Trivial Pursuit tidbits that it was a personal favorite of Francois Truffaut and that Martin Scorsese was the original director until he was fired 10 days into production. Full Review
Creative Loafing
Oct 3, 2015
Leonard Kastle brings a spare dignity and genuine depth of characterization to his exploitation subject. Full Review
Chicago Reader
Jan 1, 2000
Rating: 3.5/4 -- The filmmakers have refused to romanticize the brutality of the criminals at the heart of the film. Full Review
TV Guide
Sep 25, 2007
Rating: A -- Made in 1969, "The Honeymoon Killers" presaged elements of David Lynch's filmic approach, and clearly informed John McNaughton's similarly-themed stomach-churner film "Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer." Romantic dysfunction never looked so banal, brutal Full Review
Oct 8, 2005
Kastle is a born filmmaker with an uncanny feeling for the startling close-up and the excruciating long-take Full Review
Nov 25, 2009

Product Description:

In this stark film based on the true-life Lonely Hearts murders of the late 1940s, handsome gigolo Ray Fernandez cons lonely women out of money with the promise of marriage. When he meets lonely nurse Martha Beck, the two find themselves actually falling in love. Posing as brother and sister, the duo cross the country swindling needy women and, when necessary, killing them. As their passions become more inflamed, their crime spree grows bloodier. A stark film featuring truly unique characters and fine performances, THE HONEYMOON KILLERS was originally to have been directed by Martin Scorsese, who was replaced.


Production Notes:

  • Original theatrical release: Feb. 4, 1970 (New York).
  • The original director slated for this film was Martin Scorese, he was replaced by Donald Volkman who was eventually replaced by screenwriter Leonard Kastle.

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  • UPC: 715515156318
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