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Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Video Beaverhausen: The Honeymoon Killers

Today would be the late Shirley Stoler's 87th birthday.

We celebrate it here by recalling her greatest role in Leonard Kastle's 1969 sardonic thriller, The Honeymoon Killers.

This film is a shocker, even till this day, yet it has its campy, sardonic moments. Some call this ripped-from-the- tabloids film a black comedy. Some call it a suspense thriller.

Shirley Stoler portrays embittered, sexually frustrated nurse Martha Black who lives with her mother who is going senile. She meets a Latin lothario (Tony LoBianco) through the lonelyhearts column. Together they embark on a crime spree across America to murder lonely women for their money. It's all quite harrowing but just as hypnotizing.

The cast is basically composed of New York off-Broadway talent.  The real-life event this was based on took place in the late 1940s-early 50s, though this is no period piece. It is very Sixties!

An inspiration for John Waters and Divine. Kastle's only film. Thanks to Andrew Martin for reminding me about Shirley's birthday today. She is missed. (You may also remember Stoler from Lina Wertmuller's 1975 Seven Beauties).

I really suggest you see this movie!

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