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Film / Honeymoon

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"Before I was alone, but now I'm not."

Honeymoon is a 2014 horror film starring Rose Leslie and Harry Treadaway.

A newlywed couple, Bea and Paul, are off to start their new lives together, beginning with a honeymoon at Bea's family cabin. Everything seems perfect, as the two of them are alone in the woods together, with almost no one around for miles... Except Bea is acting a little bit strangely, all of the sudden, starting with some uncharacteristic sleepwalking through the woods...

This film provides examples of the following tropes:

  • Alien Abduction: The plot is triggered by aliens abducting Bea and Annie for their own nefarious purposes.
  • Blatant Lies: Bea spends most of the film making very weak attempts to dismiss and cover up her strange behavior.
  • Blue-and-Orange Morality: Bea doesn't so much have a strange morality as one that mixes together the human she was and the alien creature that has taken over her. This leads her to both want to protect Paul and kill him, as the Dark Figures want her to do.
  • Body Horror: Bea's slow transformation, particularly her "birth" of a worm-like parasite.
  • Bookends: The wedding tape plays at both the beginning of the movie and at its conclusion.
  • Cell Phones Are Useless: The movie establishes right up front that the cabin doesn't have cell service.
  • Chekhov's Gun: Subverted in two occasions:
    • It's established that there's a gun in the cabin. Other than Paul firing it into the air, it gets no significant use.
    • Bea introduces a duck decoy with a hidden compartment. When Paul searches the cabin for his hidden car keys, he makes a point to find and search the duck, but it's empty. Ultimately the duck is foreshadowing Bea's transformation into a fake person for use against real humans, just like a duck decoy.
    • Played straight with the cold water in the lake. Initially, Paul and Bea were planning to go swimming in the lake, only to discover the water is too cold. The next day, after the parasite has been implanted in her, Bea seems to forget this and jumps into the lake without any apparent feeling of discomfort.
    • Played straight also with the details from the wedding video, particularly Paul and Bea's first date (they had Indian food and Paul got food poisoning) and how Paul proposed to Bea: they were planning on going camping but Bea got sick, so Paul constructed a tent made of blankets on their bed and popped the question. Bea can't remember the first part and critically misremembers the second.
  • Death of Personality: This seems to be the ultimate fate for Bea and Annie. She says at the end of the movie that while her body will still be there, Bea will be gone and something else will be in her body.
  • Don't Go in the Woods: The setting for the whole movie.
  • Downer Ending: Bea and Annie are taken by the aliens. Bea killed Paul (thinking that "hiding him underwater" would save him), and Annie also killed Will.
  • Foreshadowing:
    • Paul makes a joke about Bea's womb, and she admits that she's not sure she's ready to have a baby. In the end, she's been impregnated by an alien parasite, and Paul rips it out of her womb.
    • Will says the only way Annie will get him to stop wearing his hat is by taking it off his cold, dead head. She does.
    • Paul playfully suggests tying Bea up on their first day in the cabin. In the end, he ties her up for real on the same bed.
    • Bea states that you have to tie the boat anchor to something. She eventually ties it to Paul.
    • Bea comments that worms can stay alive for five minutes underwater. She eventually doesn't understand that Paul can't "hide" underwater.
    • Bea shows Paul a hunter's duck decoy she had as a child. Ultimately Bea transforms into a decoy human to be used against humanity.
  • Horrible Honeymoon: The movie focuses on a newlywed couple called Bea and Paul having a honeymoon at Bea's family cabin. Unfortunately, it starts going wrong when Bea starts sleepwalking and deteriorates from there, culminating in her killing Paul and being taken over by an alien.
  • Ironic Echo: "Before I was alone, but now I'm not." The first time, it means before and after her marriage. The second time it means before and after her abduction.
  • Madness Mantra: Bea and Annie fill pages of paper with details about themselves to help them remember.
  • Meaningful Name: Bea, as in "honeybee," as in "honeymoon."
  • Minimalist Cast: Four people in the whole film.
  • Nothing Is Scarier: The aliens are only ever seen as "dark figures".
  • Puppeteer Parasite: Bea is being controlled by an alien worm implanted inside of her. It's also slowly transforming her into... something.
  • Slow Transformation: By the latter half of the movie, it's clear that Bea is undergoing one.