Honeymoon Blu-ray review
Some newlyweds choose to spend their honeymoon in the Caribbean. Others settle on a cruise. Others get stamps in their passports. Some don’t have one at all. Paul and Bea opt for a cabin in the middle of the woods. It’s nothing fancy; some creaky floorboards, a tiny television, a VCR. Bea suspects the oven still uses hot coals.
But it’s their honeymoon and they’re going to make the most of it. They make love, cook breakfast, discuss their future, take the boat out and share the shower. It’s only after Bea (Rose Leslie, who portrayed Ygritte on HBO’s GAME OF THRONES) goes missing and is later found naked in the woods by Paul (Harry Treadaway, the British zom-com COCKNEYS VS. ZOMBIES) that the honeymoon starts to go sour.
She claims she’s fine, but she burns the French toast (oh no!), neglects to grind the coffee beans (oh no!!) and doesn’t laugh at one of Paul’s silly jokes (oh no!!!). After a while, things get a bit more concerning, as bites start turning up on Bea’s skin, she begins talking to herself and she blatantly denies anything is wrong despite her curious behavior. Maybe an all-expense trip to a Sandals resort would have served them better.
All of this comes out a pace that is dreadfully slow (Bea’s disappearance doesn’t occur until close to a third of the way into the movie). Such a pace is of course meant to build up the suspense, but it just makes the viewer tired of both Paul and Bea and start to wonder if there’s going to be any gore at all. Those waiting impatiently eventually get what they want, but it all comes too late (the first major sign of blood doesn’t happen until there is only a half hour left).
There is nothing beyond the standard and expected in HONEYMOON, which is written by director Leigh Janiak (in her debut) and Phil Graziadei (also his debut). Janiak and Graziadei simply chose one of the most cliché locations in horror movie history (it’s so much so that it served as the setting for one of the ultimate spoofs on the genre, THE CABIN IN THE WOODS), had one of the characters get progressively stranger and lopped in some bits of blood.
Not once is there a reason to care about the characters (partly because the performances by Leslie and Treadaway are so flat) and not once is there any depth to the story. (There are hints at some sort of commentary on childbirth—it’s discussed between the couple early on and then suggested with a fairly gruesome scene involving a giant worm-like creature—but there is no elaboration and not a whole lot to make much sense out of.)
Janiak and Graziadei have surely seen plenty of similar movies, but they refuse to bring anything fresh to their screenplay and so HONEYMOON ends up being just another low-budget effort that gets a limited release and rightfully fails to rise out of the mud on home video.
Video: 1.85:1 in 1080p with MPEG-4 AVC codec. The overall quality of the high-definition transfer is quite good, with accurate colors and a natural look.
Audio: English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio. Subtitles in English, Spanish and French. The audio transfer captures the atmosphere of the setting and presents clean dialogue.
Interview with Actors Rose Leslie and Harry Treadaway (9:04): Leslie and Treadaway discuss the story, their characters and more.
Interview with Director Leigh Janiak (7:28): Janiak talks about the inspirations, the production and more.
The Worm Behind the Scenes (1:46): This footage shows Leslie being grossed out about baiting a hook.
Canoe Behind the Scenes (2:32): This footage shows Leslie and Treadaway maneuvering a canoe.
AXS TV: A Look at HONEYMOON (2:23): This brief promotional piece features clips and interview snippets.
Festival and Theatrical Trailers