HONEYMOON HORROR (1982) Reviews and overview

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‘Til death do us part.’

Honeymoon Horror is a 1982 American slasher horror film written and directed by Harry Preston (Blood of the Wolf Girl) from a story by L.L. ‘Jack’ Carney. The movie stars Paul Iwanski, Bob Wagner, Cheryl Black.

This was one of the first direct-to-video films purchased by Sony Home Video and released to the fledgeling video rental market; it allegedly made $22 million for Sony who bought it for $50,000 from the Texan filmmakers.

Cover blurb:

‘Imagine every newlywed’s fantasy, a rustic secluded lover’s paradise- Honeymoon Island. What starts as a weekend of love, turns into a nightmare of blood and terror for three young innocent couples.

What lurks in the shadows of Honeymoon Lodge? Is it the caretaker, or perhaps something more fiendish and deadly? Honeymoon Island, where newlyweds joined in holy matrimony spend their wedding night screaming in terror!’



Honeymoon Horror is a poorly put together movie but looks much better here than in the most common print available. Preston has said that the production was so awkward that most of his ideas were devoured by the lack of budget and the film does look shoddy and cheap. For a slice of regional filmmaking with a cool maniac though, it at least deserves to be seen.” A Slash Above

“Sure, it does have its fun moments, but as a whole, it’s just way too talky to do anyone any good. The thought of a Honeymoon-themed slasher on an island is nice, yet the filmmakers load the movie up with mostly boring and forgettable characters, bad writing, little gore, no surprises, and hardly any redeeming qualities.” Obscure Cinema 101

” … even with the slow pace, I was never really bored. The horrid dialogue kept me laughing throughout; I particularly liked the guy who told his wife he had to go practice his weightlifting on their wedding night (which in any other movie would result in the now isolated man being clubbed to death with his own barbells, but not Honeymoon Horror!” Brian W. Collins, Horror Movie a Day


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“There are some good kills throughout the film, however, and they are pretty gory. Sadly though, many of them are off screen and you only see the aftermath. The killer himself is pretty cool looking, in all of his charred up glory, but has been done many times before and since. Sadly, there’s no real whodunit factor in the movie as you know damn well who it is the entire time.” Ronnie Angel, Slashed Dreams


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Honeymoon Horror is helplessly bogged down with talky scenes and nudity, not to mention absurd characters, particularly the Cockney maid (!). When it actually shows up, the gore is pretty plentiful and the special effects not too bad, but the cast is uniformly awful.” Jim Harper, Legacy of Blood

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The movie stars Paul Iwanski, Bob Wagner, Cheryl Black, Philip Thompson, James Caskey, Bill Pecchi, Jerry Meagher, William Clarke, Margi Curry, Mary Lou Wittman, Leslie McKinley, Kathy Johnson.

Filming locations: 

Austin Patio Dude Ranch, Grapevine, Texas


Not to be confused with Honeymoon of Horror (1964).

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