The story starts innocently enough. A young couple, Paul and Bea, just got married. They decide to spend their honeymoon at Bea’s family cabin in a secluded area near a lake. Since it’s before tourist season, the place is pretty much deserted. One night, Bea vanished from their bed. Paul finds her naked and bruised in the middle of the woods. From that point on Paul notices there is something seriously wrong with the woman he loves.
This film has several good elements that could have made it a great movie. The two leads, Rose Leslie (Game of Thrones) and Harry Treadaway (Penny Dreadful), I already love from their past work and know they are amazing actors. While they were both excellent in this, there was something that really got to me during the entire movie. For those of you that don’t know, Rose Leslie is from Scotland and has a very thick accent, and Harry Treadaway is from England. In this film, they did American accents. Treadaway did a perfectly fine job, but there were times during the movie where I could hear Leslie’s Scottish accent come through. I know it must be hard to fake an accent for that long, but she is an actor and this is part of her job description so it ruined the illusion a bit for me.
I enjoyed most of the storyline. It was slightly reminiscent of a Hitchcock movie or Invasion of the Body Snatchers. As the film progressed it made you wonder what was real and what wasn’t, adding an extra element of mystery to the point where you begin to wonder if Bea is really Bea. This aspect of the film I found very interesting, and it held my attention. It was when the climax of the film came around that it lost me a bit.
(Don’t worry, I won’t give anything away). In the climax of the movie, it seemed like you were watching a different movie than you started with. It goes from psychological thriller/mystery to a weird, gross out movie that had scenes that were almost hard to watch. The hard to watch scenes weren’t used to get a point across like in some more successful horror films. This film seemed to add the scenes in more as an afterthought trying to make you squirm. They don’t even really explain what is happening in those scenes or why this has happened to the once happy couple. On a higher note, I will say the very last scene has some pretty great (yet simple) special effects makeup.
This movie really could have been great. It had all the right tools at it’s disposal. Unfortunately, the storyline took an odd turn that left me scratching my head, wondering what the hell I just saw. The one redeeming quality is that the two leads are wonderful and easy to root for, and the very last scene is really rather stunning visually. I won’t say you shouldn’t see this movie, because it was still entertaining, but I will say that you shouldn’t set your expectations too high. That will only lead to disappointment.
OVERALL RATING: 5/10