So…there are many movies about couples. Boy meets girl.. ..how the boy tries to win over the girl’s love/ how they mutually get attracted to each other….overcome an obstacle and get married …Happily ever after.
Then, there are some movies which talk about the dynamics of a couple who are already married. So the happily ever after doesn’t end there…Practically these filmmakers show that there is no happily ever after -after marriage…and how couples start growing distant from each other or somehow try to pump in back some excitement in their stale lives…or.. Well..some just go out and have a passionate affair. At the end of the film either things work out for the lead characters or they just move on with life. So these movies talk about their issues and problems. Usually these films are dark and hard hitting.
Then there are filmmakers like Leigh Janiak. Her film the “Honeymoon” is somewhat different. She kind of mixes elements from the above two styles and adds a dash of horror to it.
It talks about a young couple who are newly married, they decide to go for their honeymoon to a secluded place in the woods. They make a lot of love as soon as they reach the place. Oh c’mon don’t twist in your chairs..it their honeymoon for god-sakes! There’s a lot of love and mushiness between the two & honestly they do make a great pair. The wife is the one who leads, and the husband may not be particularly macho, but is nevertheless caring and sensitive. They go for short treks, boat rides and are completely one with nature. They also make their own breakfast and enjoy cozying up in the wooden bedroom.
But things take a terrifying turn on one unfortunate night, the husband gets up from his sleep and realises his wife is not beside him. He looks around for her in the house but doesn’t find her. He takes a torch light and goes out in the woods looking for her. He assumes maybe she is playing around with him. He shouts out her name, but there is no response. He looks around, and this time he is really concerned and afraid. Just when he has lost all hope, he spots her at an eerie place in the woods, and she is standing naked with marks on her thighs. Later, what transpires, is what the “Honeymoon” is all about. Mind you things get really scary and creepy.
The filmmaker somehow merges a few genres in this film. Not two. But three genres. That’s a pretty tough thing to do! I mean there are filmmakers who struggle doing justice to one genre, but this lady somehow completely justifies the film by blending three into it.
This film is made on a limited budget with just a handful of actors. The lead characters played by Rose Leslie & Harry Treadaway hold this film together. Their impeccable chemistry and timing is unmatchable.
The conventional way of making a horror film is broken here very cleverly by Leigh Janiak. Being a first time director she has completely nailed it.
Yes, there are few questions which are left unanswered at the end of the film & there are a few bumps in the screenplay which makes the film slightly predictable but the creepiness, the tension and the chills are in plenty & they do not disappoint.
Watch this with your close one …….
Watch the trailer here: