The Honeymoon Killers
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Leonard Kastle's low-budget docudrama cult hit stars Shirley Stoler as Martha Beck, a lonely, overweight nurse who becomes pen pals with a Spanish immigrant (Tony LoBianco). They meet and fall in love, hatching a plan to pose as siblings in order to bilk widows out of their fortunes.
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 94%

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"Made with care, authenticity and attention to detail."
‑ Todd McCarthy, Variety
"Kastle is a born filmmaker with an uncanny feeling for the startling close-up and the excruciating long-take"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"A pulp classic ranking near the top of its particular post-Hays Code, pre-MPAA moment."
‑ Jake Euker, F5 (Wichita, KS)
"A richly drawn disturbing film that never seemed exploitative."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Creepy and memorable with a great death-by-hammer scene."
‑ Mark Robison, Reno Gazette-Journal
"It is one of the best and, curiously, most beautiful American movies in recent years."
‑ Roger Greenspun, New York Times
"Shot in a grainy grey and white helps to give the film an amateurish and at the same time realistic feel, particularly as it's based on true events. With standout performances from Lo Bianco and Stoler, this is a forgotten gem."
‑ Kim Newman, Empire Magazine
"Small in scale and realistic in style, this gritty picture, about a couple who murder lonelyhearts women, is charged with piercing intelligence and amazing intensity."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Delivered in sobering and dramatic black and white, it's quite possibly one of the most honest and compelling 'bio-pics' ever conceived."
‑ Scott Weinberg, Apollo Guide
"t's hard to see whether director Kastle has attempted a semi-documentary or a schlock-horror number. The film has elements of both and often slides into kitsch."
‑ , Film4
"Leonard Kastle brings a spare dignity and genuine depth of characterization to his exploitation subject."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"The filmmakers have refused to romanticize the brutality of the criminals at the heart of the film."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Made in 1969, "The Honeymoon Killers" presaged elements of David Lynch's filmic approach, and clearly informed John McNaughton's similarly-themed stomach-churner film "Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer." Romantic dysfunction never looked so banal, brutal"
‑ Cole Smithey, ColeSmithey.com
"Such a wild and sad piece of cinema that the knowledge that it's based on truth seems incidental."
‑ Mark Palermo, Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
"Ray and Martha are violent for their desperation, their fiction the more vilified of the late 60's, early 70's crime couples."
‑ Rumsey Taylor, Not Coming to a Theater Near You
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