Main cast: Rose Leslie (Bea), Harry Treadaway (Paul), Ben Huber (Will), and Hanna Brown (Annie)
Director: Leigh Janiak
Honeymoon, the directorial debut of Leigh Janiak (who also co-wrote the script), is a simple horror story. Bea and Paul are two happy newlyweds who arrive at a cabin in the woods for their honeymoon. All is well, until one night, Bea vanishes. Paul finds her naked and dazed in the woods with some strange marks on her thighs. She insists that everything is fine, but it soon becomes apparent to Paul that Bea is now… different.
With a very small cast and filmed basically in one location, Honeymoon isn’t exactly what one would call a lavish production. It is a slow burn movie, with the tension mounting until everything just explodes in a shower of delicious gore in the denouement.
In the meantime, kudos to Mr Dorian Gray himself, Harry Treadaway, for spending some time being nearly naked or naked to entertain the masses. He could use a bit more meat on his body, but hey, if he wants to show off what God gave him, I’m all for it. If you prefer seeing ladies doing what Mr Treadaway does here, unfortunately, Rose Leslie keeps a bit more clothes on in this movie.
Honeymoon is well-acted and capably directed. It could have been a great underrated movie were not for one thing: the script showed its hand too early, making it very easy to guess correctly what happened to Bea in the woods. There should be rising suspense in this movie, but there isn’t, due to the fact that I know long before Paul what has happened to Bea. As a result, when the “twist” comes, my reaction is more of a “Well, about time!” kind of eye roll.
Still, I have to raise a glass to Mr Treadaway and Ms Janiak – the scenery is pretty enough to keep me watching despite the obviousness of the plot.