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7.4
/10
638 Ratings

The Honeymoon Killers

Directed by Leonard Kastle
United States, 1970
Crime, Drama, Romance

Synopsis

A desperate woman strikes up a correspondence with a suave, charismatic smooth talker who could be the man of her dreams… or a wicked con artist.

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The Honeymoon Killers Directed by Leonard Kastle
The movie wouldn’t be of much interest if it offered nothing but undiluted misanthropy, which is never scarce either overtly, in fringe film, or in a disguised form, in mainstream movies. But Kastle doesn’t show disdain, pity, or hero-worship toward Fernandez and Beck. He instead offers a complex, multifaceted portrayal that makes for a rather more pungent and lingering piece of work, a stain that won’t rub out.
March 22, 2017
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Kastle pulls the viewer into the film’s sleazy, hopeless milieu with startling confidence. Like the similarly anarchic Night of the Living Dead, The Honeymoon Killers shrewdly benefits from the grit and rawness of its aesthetic, suggesting that we’re watching a grimy documentary torn from an ancient newsreel playing forever on a loop in our true-crime-fed nightmares.
October 02, 2015
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A rare film in which genuine romantic love does not excuse the central couple’s amoral behaviour, this could almost be the anti-Bonnie and Clyde as it deglamorises thrill-killing for petty profit after decades of movies that have made outlawry glamorous. Stoler’s truly monstrous Martha, who looks like a humourlessly malevolent Roseanne Barr, may not be sympathetic, but she is at least understandable.
December 15, 2013
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