Movie Reviews 101 Midnight Horror – Honeymoon (2014)

honemoonDirector: Leigh Janiak

Writer: Leigh Janiak, Phil Graziadei (Screenplay)

Starring: Rose Leslie, Harry Treadaway, Ben Huber, Hanna Brown

 

Plot: A newlywed couple finds their lake-country honeymoon descend into chaos after Paul finds Bea wandering and disoriented in the middle of their first night.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Tension Filled Horror

 

Story: Honeymoon starts by introducing us to our newlywed couple Bea (Leslie) and Paul (Treadaway) as they go onto their honeymoon at Bea’s family cabin in the middle in the woods. When a new case of sleepwalking comes over Bea it leaves Paul wondering why it never happened before as Bea is forgetting everyday things suddenly.

As Paul continues to feel distant from Bea he starts to witness lights around the house at as well as finding Bea doing strange things. Paul becomes obsessed that they are being watched by an old friend of Bea’s but is there something more in the woods with them?

Honeymoon is a real tension filled story that starts all loving and happy times for the couple. We see the change happen in on moment and the slow build to what happened on that night. Everything feels like it has happened in time and the sudden change is easily noticeable from Paul angle. We do find out what is going on slowly and we never really believe it could be Paul’s first suspicious which is disappointing as it could have kept us guessing longer. Overall this is a solid enough story that puts the characters in isolation with an unknown threat.

 

Actor Review

 

Rose Leslie: Bea is the newlywed wife who takes her new husband to her family cabin, everything starts out smoothly until she ends up going sleep walking, found naked in the middle of the woods she starts to become distant from Paul as we see hr become a different person after that night. Rose gives us a good performance playing almost two different roles through the film.

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Harry Treadaway: Paul is the husband of our newlyweds who starts to see the change in his wife after finding her sleepwalking, he becomes paranoid about what happened that night and has to figure it all out by himself as he needs to find out where his wife has gone. Harry gives us a good performance as the concerned husband.

 

Support Cast: Honeymoon has a small supporting cast which basically only has two who appear in a couple of scenes slightly ahead of our leads in the change.

 

Director Review: Leigh JaniakLeigh gives us a well built up horror film.

 

Horror: Honeymoon has solid horror elements but is more about the thrilling side of the story.

Romance: Honeymoon shows how happy the two are at the start and even when things have change it is the loving side of them both trying to work on fixing things.

Thriller: Honeymoon keeps you on the edge of your seat from start to finish as you just wonder what happened on that night.

Settings: Honeymoon gets all the points for setting because it puts our character in the middle of the woods with nowhere to go.
Special Effects
: Honeymoon has good effects where needed but doesn’t rely on them.

Suggestion: Honeymoon is one for the horror fans to go and watch but the non-horror won’t enjoy this one. (Horror Fans Watch)

 

Best Part: Tension throughout.

Worst Part: You know what it is because there is no real alternative choices.

 

Believability: No

Chances of Tears: No

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Oscar Chances: No

Budget: $1 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 27 Minutes

Tagline: After the ceremony comes the ritual.

 

Overall: Tension filled horror that shows how much you can love someone.

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