Plot: Young newlyweds Paul (Penny Dreadful's Harry Treadaway) and Bea (Game of Thrones' Rose Leslie) travel to remote lake country for their
honeymoon. Shortly after arriving, Paul finds Bea wandering and
disoriented in the middle of the night. As she becomes more distant and
her behavior increasingly peculiar, Paul begins to suspect something
more sinister than sleepwalking took place in the woods.
The heroes: Paul, who is trying to figure out what happened to his beloved wife.
The antagonists: Something bad in the woods.
Best scene: The chilling scene on the lake near the end.
Oh-oh something's not right line: She's not being herself today.
What makes it so great? The film is genuinely scary - it has a very tense, creepy atmosphere, terrific suspense building up throughout the entire movie and so far it's the best horror film of the year.
It's a debut film from female director Leigh Janiak, featuring only four actors (the other two playing Bea's ex boyfriend and his strange wife) and shot with a very small budget. The director was inspired by the works of David Cronenberg, Alien, Rosemary's Baby and Haneke's Amour while making the movie and it definitely shows - the elements of body horror as well as closeness and then divide between the couple are very important here.
The film is extremely effective not only because of Janiak's work but also because of great lead performances from Treadaway and especially Leslie. Leslie, who shone so bright in Game of Thrones actually injecting some energy in scenes featuring her and Kit Harington, was wonderful here - sweet, innocent, loving, only to transform to distant and manic in other moments. She hits all the right notes and manages to be both very sympathetic and heartbreaking and on several occasions quite scary.
The film also has a gorgeous score and very good cinematography. But the performances and the story (which also works as a scary metaphor for pregnancy) are really what matters the most and it's very rare in horror genre when it happens.
Scare factor: - 4/5 evil pumpkins - once Bea goes into the woods the tension begins and it doesn't let go until the movie's horrific ending.
Gore factor:- 2/5 bloody Leatherfaces - there is blood and few body horror scenes, but it's nothing extreme. Ladies may find those scenes very unpleasant, though. I sure did.
Is there a twist? Not really, unless you consider the answer to whether it's still Bea or not a twist.
Hint: Do not watch it on your honeymoon.
Unsuitable for: Anyone in a relationship or vacationing in the woods; expecting couples
Repercussions: I'm fairly certain if you wanted to spend your honeymoon in a lake house, you will choose another destination after watching this one.