Worse. Honeymoon. Ever.
Director Leigh Janiak‘s HONEYMOON (2014) is a rather draggy tale about a newlywed couple and the events surrounding their peculiar honeymoon. Right away, viewers are privy to the deluge of romantic goings-on about how the two met, and the married bit. Then we are whisked away to Bea’s (Rose Leslie) childhood home located deep in the woods. Ah yes, the woods. The most sinister of movie backdrops if ever there was one. The choice locale for someone to end up well, the dead. When will we learn that it is never safe to go into the woods alone? Nor is it safe to go into the woods with a group of rowdy teens, and most certainly not safe enough to venture in, near, or around on your honeymoon.
Paul (Harry Treadaway) and Bea’s honeymoon was going rather well; that is until Bea is found wandering alone and naked in the woods one night. In a mad rush to get his wife to the safety of their cabin home, Paul does not notice that someone or something is watching them. It is not long before Paul realizes that something is wrong with his wife. She is starting to forget those once very intimate and very personal details about each other, how to make french toast or forgetting that you have to ground coffee beans before brewing them in the kettle. To add to the disturbing behavior, Paul finds Bea “rehearsing” the conversations she will have with him. The moment the eerie lights appear it is easy to guess that this is yet another film about aliens–aliens that inhabit the already dark and creepy woods.
Janiak’s Honeymoon (2014) does have several spooky elements including the aforementioned that make the film successfully suspenseful. However, it is not enough to predict what will happen from scene to scene. Perhaps there has to be something more of “the alien” than just eerie lights and shadows. On the cinematic side of things, it is a good looking film and suffices enough to add to the strangeness of events that surround the young couple. On the downside, not knowing what the alien visitor(s) look like–even a glimpse of one–may have its drawbacks and perhaps even eliminates the horror movie shock value. Viewers may require a bit more to facilitate that sense of dread one craves while watching a looming horror.
It is clear; however, that the visiting aliens want all the beautiful girls for themselves.
Worth a peek.
Writers: Phil Graziadei, Leigh Janiak
Starring: Rose Leslie, Harry Treadaway, Ben Huber
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