The Horror Honeys: The honeymoon is definitely over

The honeymoon is definitely over

A Honey Soaked Supernatural Honey Review by Suzanne

Honeymoon (2014)

"Before, I was alone. Now I'm not."

I don't often get too excited about independent horror films. While I support them wholeheartedly, the outcome is rarely satisfying. Honeymoon is the rare exception and I was hooked in the first 5 minutes.

Bea and Paul are newlyweds. They head off to a family camp at a lake in Canada to spend a quiet week away from civilization. A couple of days into their romantic getaway, Bea wanders off in the middle of the night. Paul finds her naked and disoriented. She blames it on sleepwalking, but as the week goes on, she begins to withdraw from Paul and exhibits some strange behavior. As Paul discovers what is happening to Bea, he's not just trying to save his marriage, but his new wife's life and, possibly, his own.
There are only four speaking roles in this film, but the load falls squarely on the shoulders of Rose Leslie and Harry Treadaway, two Brits with spot on American accents. I'm familiar with Leslie, being an obsessed Game of Thrones fan, but not Treadaway (Dr Frankenstein in Penny Dreadful). I don't think I'm overselling it when I say they are both brilliant in these roles. Their chemistry is outstanding and, while neither is too pretty, they become more attractive the more they interact. 

They start out talking to the camera at their wedding, about their first date, how Paul proposed, first individually and then together. When Paul says, "I love you, honeybee," and Bea responds by softly buzzing close to his face, you almost feel like you're intruding. Yes, it's a little sickening and yes, I'm completely smitten with both of them.

Loving these two makes the speedy deterioration of their relationship that much more heartbreaking and frightening. A couple once so in love and sexual, become virtual strangers. Bea has to write, "My name is Bea. My husband is Paul." in her journal to remember who she is and why she's there. 

This is more psychologically disturbing than outright horror, but there are a couple of super bloody moments to satiate you, if you need it.

The ambiguity as to what is happening to Bea is clever. From the strange bites and inexplicable bleeding to memory loss and confusion, it's open to interpretation, although I think it's fairly certain most viewers will be swayed in one direction. 

Honeymoon is the directorial debut of Leigh Janiak. She also shares the writing. Janiak deftly executes the "slow burn" without slowing down the story. It's sweet and scary and incredibly intimate. It was so good, as soon as it was over, I started watching it again.

Supernatural Honey rating: 4.5 love bites out of 5