Good, Bad & Ugly Review: Honeymoon

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 70% (Critics) / 45% (Audience)
Directed By: Leigh Janiak
Written By: Phil Graziadei and Leigh Janiak
Starring: Rose Leslie and Harry Treadaway
Studio: Magnolia Pictures/Magnet Releasing
Synopsis: 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. – (Source)

The Good:
I think the most successful thing HONEYMOON accomplishes during the majority of its 90 minute running time is creating an unsettling atmosphere. Once odd things start happening I immediately started theorizing about exactly what was going on and the movie manages to drop hints that made me think it was everything from demonic possession to ghosts to some sort of body snatcher situation.
I was also impressed by the actors too. I am a fan of both Rose Leslie and Harry Treadaway from their TV work and both UK actors did serviceable American accents (even if they did falter in emotional scenes) in addition to making me almost immediately invest in their relationship ad a newly married couple.

The Bad:
I am not bothered by vagueness as a rule but at some point being vague just becomes a crutch for a director who has no idea what the heck they want to do in a movie and at times it felt like director and co-writer Leigh Janiak was just spinning her wheels on what the cause and motivation of the malevolent force in this movie actually was.

The Ugly:
There were a few things that never delivered much in the way of pay-off in this movie with the most egregious being the fact that a living thing-a-mobob was yanked out of a woman’s lady parts and was left wiggling on a bed with no other explanation given at all.

Final Verdict: A tight film that keeps you guessing right up to the end which may have been a bit too long to play the mystery card for me. The movie does feature really good performances from its two leads and some tight and compellingly claustrophobic direction from its first time director. Sure a few plots get dropped down a black hole never to be heard from again but on the whole HONEYMOON is still an entertaining horror movie.

Grade: B-

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