Movie Review: Honeymoon

 

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Sometimes it is hard to decide whether a low-budget or indie movie is worth viewing. However, I had only heard good things about Honeymoon. Almost all of the IMDB reviews were positive and I had also heard good things about the movie on an episode of the Horrorhound podcast. So once I noticed that it was now available on Netflix, I decided to see it for myself and I must say that I was not disappointed.

Honeymoon stars Rose Leslie and Harry Treadaway as Bea and Paul, a newlywed couple that take a trip to a secluded cabin for their romantic honeymoon. Things begin to get strange when they go to a local restaurant and the owner is violent toward the couple. It turns out that the owner, Will, is actually a childhood friend of Bea and apologizes after. But then his wife comes in and is acting strange, telling the couple that they need to leave.

They leave the restaurant and continue to enjoy their getaway until Bea goes missing. Paul finds her naked and disoriented in the woods and she doesn’t have an explanation as to how she got there. They go back to the cabin but Bea starts to act strange. Paul notices her behavior getting worse and tries to get her to leave. But she refuses and tells Paul that she saw a bright light in the woods and she went to it. He tries to help her but she refuses and knocks him out. When he wakes up, they are in a boat and she has him tied up and connected to an anchor. She tells him that she must hide him in the water and push him overboard. Then, Bea is shown as her skin starts to deteriorate and she meets with Will’s wife.

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Honeymoon was an excellently written and acted movie that is surprising for such a small film. The story is solid and flows very good. The movie is very reminiscent of Evil Dead and Cabin Fever mixed with alien abduction movies like Altered and The X-Files TV series.

As far as acting, Leslie and Treadaway carried a film with only four real cast memebers. They seemed very believable as an everyday married couple and make you feel the struggles they are experiencing. They filled the movie with great emotion and it paid off in the final product.

The film was directed and co-written by Leigh Janiak. Overall, the director did a great job putting together a horror film that can be relatable to a wide audience. She uses isolation and a fear of the unknown to create tension that keeps viewers on the edge of their seats. It is always great when a director can use such simple fears to scare an audience. Janiak created a wonderful film that should open doors for her in the future.

Daryl Karpinski Jr.

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