The Honeymoon Killers

Director: Leonard Kastle
Year Released: 1970
Rating: 2.0

Portly nurse teams up with smooth womanizer and together they try to swindle women out of money, killing several of them and eventually being caught by the police and executed (it's very loosely based on a true story). Aside from the terrible overacting, there's also this ugly side to the film where the victims of the title killers are made to be pathetic and/or delusional, like the woman with the religious icons (she's buried with them) or the mother who fanatically celebrates the birthdays of dead presidents. The idea of a rotund, insecure woman trying to keep her lecherous 'husband' from actually sleeping with these 'Lonely Hearts' women (in need of companionship) is certainly different - and the use of Mahler even more so - but it isn't much more than a B-movie quickie with roots in real-life tragedy.