The Honeymoon Killers

This low-budget 1970 film, shot in grungy black-and-white, is based on the true story of a fat nurse and a Latin gigolo — potently acted by Shirley Stoler and Tony Lo Bianco — who were executed in 1951 for their crimes against lonely women. Writer-director Leonard Kastle, in a bonus interview, tells how he took over from original director Martin Scorsese, who was fired after a week for shooting arty pickups ("a beer can in a bush," scoffs Kastle, who never directed again). The result is an ugly masterpiece and a DVD event.

From The Archives Issue 353: October 1, 1981