"Better Dead than Wed"

Films: Hatchet for the Honeymoon (1970)

Alias: None

Type: Natural

Location: Civilized area

Height/Weight: That of an average human.

Affiliation: Evil

Summary: And you thought the cavalcade of Norman Bates clones was over, didn't you? Well too bad, because now those giallo films are getting in on the act, and believe us, it's somehow even uglier (not to the film's detriment).

History: John Harrington loved his mother. A lot. So much so that when she remarried it drove him to a jealous frenzy, and he killed the both of them. The event was so traumatic for him that he completely blocked the memory out, and for years he's been perfectly fine. No wait, that's a lie. He has a serious urge to kill anyone as long as there is a wedding dress in the vicinity. Oh, and he works at a wedding dress factory, just to be practical about it. The bodies? They get cremated and their ashes become fertilizer.

Notable Kills: How to kill your wife if she's unwilling to wear a wedding dress: just wear the dress yourself! It's beautifully grotesque in its simplicity.

Final Fate: John’s wife won't stay dead, as her illusion becomes visible to everyone but John. Even worse, a potential victim turns out to be an undercover cop, allowing the fuzz to arrest him. But worst of all, John's wife's ghost comes to remind him that she will haunt him all the way to Hell. Although terrified at first, John decides what's done is done.

Powers/Abilities: John's preferred weapon of choice is a meat cleaver, not a hatchet.

Weakness: There has to be a wedding dress involved, otherwise it just doesn't feel right.

Scariness Factor: 3-Stay as far away as possible from wedding gowns when this guy comes around. John is certainly not invincible, but he's unhinged to an unnerving degree.

Trivia: -This film was directed by Mario Bava, who kickstarted the trend of giallo films in the first place.

-This film is also known as "Blood Brides" and "The Red Sign of Madness".

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Sound advice. I really don't want to know where he got it.

Nice tie, jerk.
I've also got something new. Your arrest warrant.

Not a lot of space for a wedding, guy.

Our "party favors".

Waste of all that money the guests paid.

I'm...really not into that.

Would you believe this isn't the absolute low-point here?