Honeymoon (2014) – Leigh Janiak

 

Also available on Blu-Ray and DVD today from Magnolia Pictures is this creepy thriller starring Game of Thrones’ Rose Leslie and Penny Dreadful’s Harry Treadaway.

Bea (Leslie) and Paul (Treadaway) are newlyweds, who have decided to have a quiet honeymoon at her family’s cabin in the Canadian wilderness. After the first night there, which sees a strange light and hum happening in the middle of the night, things begin to get very strange. Bea appears to have gone sleepwalking, and Paul finds her naked and in the woods.

Upon their return to the cabin, things seem to become very odd. Bea forgets simple things, uses the wrong words, rehearses excuses in front of the mirror, and Paul begins to suspect that something terrible may have happened to his new wife during her sojourn to the woods.

As their relationship becomes strained, with Paul suspicious that Bea’s old cottage friend Will (Ben Huber) a dance of sorts begins, as Paul, who obviously does love his new wife, is just trying to understand what is going on, and protect her. And Bea continues to proclaim, insist, that there is nothing wrong.

But there is something undeniably wrong with Bea.

Relying more on character interaction, and the changing dynamic between the leads, this one has a lot of creep going for it, which makes for a nice change, in the cabin in the woods subgenre. It’s rather easy to figure out what is actually going on, but it’s well-crafted and both actors bring their ‘A’ game as tension and paranoia increases.

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The film coils like a spring, twisting, tighter and tighter, until it races to its conclusion, as the couple becomes divided and has to square off against one another to learn the truth about what is going on. The final third of the film is tense, terrifying, creepy, and has a truly unnerving scene on the bed.

Running at a brisk 87 minutes, the story moves quickly, putting our characters through their paces right to the last minute. The film is best watched in the dark, and enjoyed for what it is, a different riff on the cabin in the woods, and as such, you know it can’t end well for anyone…

This one could have gone a different way completely, and played up jump scares, and musical stings, but instead, it’s a fine little character drama with frightening overtones that lead us to a troubling climax, and makes for a good evening’s worth of entertainment.

Both Leslie and Treadaway turn in fine performances and I’ll be very curious to see what Janiak does next, as this was her directorial debut, as she also served as one of the writers for the film in addition to directing.

There are some great extras on the disc as well, including interviews, behind the scenes vignettes and the film’s trailers.

This one ends up being a delightfully creepy, psychological drama.

Have a look at it and let me know what you think!

“Bea” played by Rose Leslie, film still by DP, Kyle Klütz

 

 

 

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