While Hatchet for the Honeymoon feels like it should be near the top of Giallo fans watch lists, it hasn’t got the stellar reputation you may predict.
Directed by maestro Mario Bava, and released in 1970, the film has recently had a deluxe edition released from 88 Films.
While many Giallo keep their killer in the shadows, Hatchet… establishes its killer from the outset and becomes more of a character study than a stalk and slash. Think of it like a precursor to Maniac and Christmas Evil.
We follow John, a man who has a bloodlust for offing brides-to-be, linking back to the film’s title.
Equally the plot is shared by Inspector Russell, who has made it his quest to solve these murders plus we follow John’s partner Mildred. Hatchet for the Honeymoon also has an odd supernatural twist that isn’t fully realised.
The score is fantastic and the film looks truly fantastic but it feels like a style over substance exercise sadly.
Hatchet for the Honeymoon is available now on blu ray on 88 Films.