Honeymoon (2014) Review
Leigh Janiak’s Honeymoon is the ideal film to review this February. Not only does it have a female director at the helm, slotting into the Women in Horror Month celebrations, it has a deeply intriguing romance at its core that unexpectedly transitions into one of the darkest forms of horror of recent cinema just in time for Valentine’s Day!
Honeymoon is essentially a two hander between newly-weds Bea (Rose Leslie) and Paul (Harry Treadway). The loved-up couple embark on the next exciting stages of their lives beginning with a break away in the serine setting of the Bea’s childhood vacation home located near a woodland. You won’t find a film couple as sickly in love as these two, there’s intensity and passion conveyed throughout which becomes more and more essential to where the film eventually heads. Its a story of exploration; exploration of discovering each other, the environment and internal wants. Anxiety is a prominent theme at play and the result is deeply saddening and highly disturbing. Honeymoon is a film that should be entered completely blindly in order to feel its full effects.
The film was recommended to me by fellow Ghostface Girl Caitlyn Downs (of Scared Sheepless). Initially it took a while to fully appreciate the film’s intentions however after being advised to stay with it, it proved to be shocking and thought-provoking and on some level pretty upsetting. Viewing Honeymoon was a strange experience from at first not fully connecting with it and its characters to being deeply affected by the direction the film takes.
Its certainly a slow-burner which works in its favour. Admittedly its nauseating to sit through at first, observing this seemingly well-suited couple that have it all, strongly expressing their love for each other but ultimately the pay off is worth it. Leslie and Treadway have a powerful screen presence that engrosses the viewer into their relationship, intrigued to discover where it will all lead.
Janiak’s direction is stunning, she transforms a beautiful, tranquil location into something unbelievably chilling and nightmarish, provoked further by the realism projected in in terms of pacing and tone. Her characterisation is portrayed wonderfully and incredibly captivating as it delves into something very desperate and anxious. Honeymoon is a disturbing take on discovery and connection within a relationship and is without a doubt haunting with a grim edge to it. Honeymoon is guaranteed to leave you teary and speechless.
Intrigued? Honeymoon is now available to own on DVD and Blu-Ray to see for yourselves.
Hayley Alice Roberts.