Raymond Fernandez & Martha Beck were a notorious husband and wife murder team in the late 1960's that preyed upon older, lonely women in search of love and companionship, but instead found themselves murdered for their money by this evil partnership.
This tense, intelligent and unrelenting movie (creatively filmed in monochrome) is a real little gem...and the two leads are chilling in their portrayal of the remorseless killers.
Tony LoBianco (The French Connection, The Seven Ups) is excellent as the oily and manipulative con man Fernandez, who sees himself as a charming and seductive lover. The late Shirley Stoler (in her first on screen role ) is equally unnerving as the cold hearted, paranoid and evil Martha Beck. The chemistry between the two is very believable, and you feel that you are almost watching a documentary of their exploits.
And that's what makes this film so very chilling...it's voyeur like, stark camerwork as you witness the brutal killings of the terrified victims, begging to have their lives spared, really jangles the nerves ! Although made on a very modest budget, it proves that you don't need to spend millions when you have a dynamic & gripping story line....
If you relish intense, creative film making...then "The Honeymoon Killers" deserves a place on your shelves.