A cinematic odd couple: horror and juvenile delinquency
Daniel Jolley | Shelby, North Carolina USA | 12/31/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Here is quite an odd cinematic pairing: Hatchet For the Honeymoon, a classic giallo film from the brilliant director Mario Bava, and Anatomy of a Psycho, a juvenile delinquent film that can in no way be considered horror. Don't let any cover illustrations fool you - there is nothing scary, monstrous, or really even entertaining about Anatomy of a Psycho. It's a great title for a forgettable movie. Young Chet swears revenge on all the people he holds responsible for his brother being convicted of murder and put to death; to be quite honest about it, Chet is just as much a worthless hood as his brother was. The only sympathetic character is the murderers' sister Pat who tries to stop Chet's reckless acts of violence and ends up causing further misery to the few normal people in this film that she cares about. Chet doesn't exactly cover up his crimes very well, yet the dedicated, hard-working cop has a heck of a time pinning anything on him. The whole thing boils down to a potentially good ending that winds up being rather silly and over-acted.Hatchet For the Honeymoon is quite a different story. This is a low-budget Spanish-Italian giallo film directed by Mario Bava, the master of the genre. Bava films have a rich and distinctive atmosphere all their own, combining brilliant cinematography with lush visual effects and an intensive musical soundtrack that could conceivably carry the film on their very own. Throw in a delightfully droll, cold-blooded performance by Stephen Forsyth as the self-acclaimed madman who feels the need to slay new brides on their wedding nights, the dramatic accomplishments of Laura Betti as an unhappy and oh-so-vindictive wife, and the exotic charm and grace of the gorgeous Dagmar Lassander and you've got yourself a movie you can enjoy time and time again. If you absolutely, positively have to have Anatomy of a Psycho (if such a thing is even possible), you'll be getting a terrific bonus in Hatchet For the Honeymoon if you buy this movie combo. If you want Hatchet For the Honeymoon (and I highly recommend this movie), you might as well get this combo and get a little (very little) more bang for your buck with an extra film that is not bad but is certainly not very good. Either way, you come out a winner."
Anatomy Of A Hatchet For The Honeymoon Psycho
Mike King | Taunton, MA United States | 09/19/2003
(3 out of 5 stars)
""Anatomy Of A Psycho" is rumored to be based on a story written by Ed Wood, using the pseudonym Larry Lee. It's a juvenile delinquent film, a genre in which Ed excelled. The character being executed for murder is named Duke Marco. Duke Moore appeared in several Ed Wood movies, and Paul Marco played Kelton the cop in "Bride Of The Monster," "Plan 9 From Outer Space" and "Night Of The Ghouls." Some of the background music in this film was used in "Plan 9 From Outer Space." "Anatomy Of A Psycho" was a very low budget production, the black and white print is of a very poor quality, and the acting is abysmal. There's a lot of action in the film, including several fights, a house fire and someone being stabbed to death. Unfortunately, just as the main character is about to meet a violent death, the movie wimps out with a happy ending. Whether or not Ed Wood actually wrote the screenplay, this movie has many of the characteristics of Wood's work."Hatchet For The Honeymoon" is one of Mario Bava's lesser efforts. His usual visual style and effective use of colors are lacking when compared to his earlier movies. There's never any question as to the identity of the killer. While some of the scenes are shocking, the gore is tame by today's movie standards. Many beautiful models are killed throughout the course of the film. The last intended victim's character name is Helen Wood! Is that a coincidence or another clue as to the true identity of the first film's writer? My advice is to watch both movies and draw your own conclusions!"