Leonard Kastle

The Honeymoon Killers

The Honeymoon Killers

Martha Beck (Shirley Stoler) is sullen, overweight, and lonely. Desperate for affection, she joins Aunt Carrie’s Friendship Club and strikes up a correspondence with Ray Fernandez (Tony Lo Bianco), a charismatic smooth talker who could be the man of her dreams—or a degenerate con artist. Based on a shocking true story and shot in documentary-style black and white by the confident and inspired Leonard Kastle, in what would be his only foray into filmmaking, The Honeymoon Killers is a stark portrayal of the desperate lengths to which a lonely heart will go to find true love.

Film Info

  • Leonard Kastle
  • United States
  • 1969
  • 107 minutes
  • Black & White
  • 1.85:1
  • English
  • Spine #200

Special Features

  • New 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • Interview with writer-director Leonard Kastle from 2003
  • Love Letters, a new interview program by Robert Fischer, featuring actors Tony Lo Bianco and Marilyn Chris and editor Stan Warnow
  • “Dear Martha . . . ,” a new video essay by writer Scott Christianson, author of Condemned: Inside the Sing Sing Death House
  • Trailer
  • PLUS: An essay by critic Gary Giddins

New cover by Aesthetic Apparatus

Purchase Options

Special Features

  • New 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • Interview with writer-director Leonard Kastle from 2003
  • Love Letters, a new interview program by Robert Fischer, featuring actors Tony Lo Bianco and Marilyn Chris and editor Stan Warnow
  • “Dear Martha . . . ,” a new video essay by writer Scott Christianson, author of Condemned: Inside the Sing Sing Death House
  • Trailer
  • PLUS: An essay by critic Gary Giddins

New cover by Aesthetic Apparatus

The Honeymoon Killers
Cast
Shirley Stoler
Martha Beck
Tony Lo Bianco
Ray Fernandez
Mary Jane Higby
Janet Fay
Doris Roberts
Bunny
Kip McArdle
Delphine Downing
Marilyn Chris
Myrtle Young
Dortha Duckworth
Mrs. Beck
Barbara Cason
Evelyn Varden
Ann Harris
Doris Acker
Credits
Director
Leonard Kastle
Written by
Leonard Kastle
Producer
Warren Steibel
Associate producer
Paul Asselin
Editors
Stan Warnow
Editors
Richard Brophy
Sound
Fred Kamiel
Music selected from the works of
Gustav Mahler
Director of photography
Oliver Wood

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