Saturday, January 31, 2009

The Honeymoon Killers (1969)

"The Honeymoon Killers (1969) is more Cain than even James Cain himself. Martha Beck and Ray Fernandez, the film’s central lovers/killers, could easily take the place of any of Cain’s partners-in-crime. They’re just as cold-blooded and ruthless as duplicitous wife Phyllis Nirdlinger and insurance agent Walter Huff in Double Indemnity, and just as hot-blooded and passionate as vagabond Frank Chambers and restless waitress Cora Papadakis in The Postman Always Rings Twice. Yet unlike them, Martha and Raymond didn’t come from any author’s imagination—they came straight from the newspaper headlines of 1949."

Read my full review of Leonard Kastle's The Honeymoon Killers here at Hammer to Nail.


Paul Brazill said...

It's a fantastic film, really. it's over 20 years since I last saw it but it still creeps into the brain when a least expect it. Also the title of a great song by MAGAZINE.

Cullen Gallagher said...

I can't believe I never saw the movie until a couple of weeks ago. It seems that SOMEONE would have sat me down and forced it upon me. Oh well, better late than never!

I don't know that song, but will hunt it down.