The Honeymoon Killers

The Honeymoon Killers

DVD - 2015
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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. Based on the true story of the Lonely Hearts Killers.
Alternative Title: Lonely hearts killers
Publisher: [New York, New York] : The Criterion Collection, [2015]
Edition: DVD edition
Branch Call Number: Feature
Characteristics: video file,DVD video,region 1
widescreen (1.85:1)
1 videodisc (107 min.) : sound, black and white ; 4 3/4 in.


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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.

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*)

May 06, 2016

Not good.

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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