HONEYMOON (2014) Reviews and overview

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‘After the ceremony comes the ritual.’

Honeymoon is a 2014 American horror film directed by Leigh Janiak and is her feature film debut. The movie had its world premiere on March 7, 2014 at South by Southwest and stars Rose Leslie and Harry Treadaway.


Bea (Rose Leslie) and Paul (Harry Treadaway) are newly married and off to have a romantic honeymoon in a rustic cabin set in a secluded forest. During their stay there, they go to a small restaurant whose owner initially acts hostile, asking them to leave, but later calms down, realizing he was Bea’s childhood friend. The man’s wife then comes in, acting weird and saying they need to get away.

After that, everything goes normally until their wedded bliss is cut short when Bea goes missing. Paul finds her naked and disoriented in the woods with no evidence as to how or why she got there. He takes her back to the cabin, with her claiming she was sleepwalking due to the stress, and to make nothing of it. However, as time passes, Bea’s behaviour becomes increasingly distant and strange…



“Janiak handles both horror and drama ably enough to suggest that she’d excel at either genre. She hasn’t yet mastered the combination, but it’s only her first try. Give her time.” The Dissolve

“Part “cabin in the woods” horror, part romantic honeymoon tale, and part sci-fi thriller, Honeymoon’s sweet beginnings give way to gruesome endings that, while terrifying, don’t entirely hit their mark.” Way Too Indie


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“Janiak demonstrates some wonderfully confident direction for a first-timer, utilizing space, sound design and two very good lead actors as her tools to slowly amplify the tension and mess with your head. The situations she presents before the discovery of Bea in the woods and after ring true…” Ryan Turek, ComingSoon.net

“The story comes first and foremost, and it’s the story that empowers the scares, not special effects, an escalating score or the boogeyman popping into frame from nowhere. To be succinct, Honeymoon is a beautifully crafted mystery that culminates in an unforgiving but not offensive finale.” Matt Molgaard, Horrorfreak News


“Yes the couple was way too in love at first for me to not share my lunch with the floor and Harry Treadaway’s character so begged for a back-hand and pair a balls in the first act that it was embarrassing, but at the end of it, it all came together beautifully and delivered a subtle, unpredictable and spooky little ditty.” Joblo

“ …don’t be scared away by thinking this is a kind of movie like Cabin in the Woods that riffs on the tropes of the horror genre. Honeymoon is very much its own beast; a good story, excellently told, and very, very scary.” Ryland Aldrich, Screen Anarchy


Main cast and characters:

  • Rose Leslie as Bea
  • Harry Treadaway as Paul
  • Ben Huber as Will
  • Hanna Brown as Annie


Filming locations:

North Carolina

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