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Dark Honeymoon
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by Jack Sommersby

"Grade-Z Horror Picure"
1 stars

Eric Roberts and Daryl Hannah and Tia Carrere, who must have really been hard up for work, won't be including this in their testimonials.

It's not difficult to fathom that if a movie is being told in flashback that the person relating the flashbacks must be in every scene of the flashbacks, for how could he or she know what went on in these scenes otherwise? In the lame direct-to-video Dark Honeymoon, the lead character, twentysomething Paul (played by Nick Cornish), is arrested at the Oregon/California border for having the corpse of a man inside his trunk; he's brought to the police station in the small town, where an FBI agent shows up and lengthily questions him in an interrogation room. So Paul recounts the last three days, starting with the wedding of him and his luminous bride Kathryn (Lindy Booth), their stay at a remote motel on the Oregon coast, and their time spent either together or in the company of guests at the motel. Hence, we should be watching a one-person's-view tale, but the writer/director David O'Malley, who co-scripted the okay 1981 horror picture The Boogens, constantly gives us scenes of Kathryn having conversations with people when Paul isn't around, and the fact that the supposedly sharp FBI agent doesn't catch onto this glaring inconsistency of Paul recounting what he couldn't possibly recount further cements the movie's innate idiocy, and all so a last-minute twist ending can occur which neither plays fair with nor enjoyably pulls the rug out from under us. With its gory murders at a spatially limited setting, Dark Honeymoon is an ultra-low-budget version of the 2003 Identity, and as flawed as that one was it least adhered to an inner consistency, whereas this clunky effort never sticks to any set of rules -- it's all about jerking us around. There are a couple of compensations in the impressionable performances of the tantalizing Booth and the always-welcome Roy Scheider, who plays the friendly motel manager. Red-haired, slim, with an alertness and allure that sustains our attention, Booth, whose character veers between goody-goody and malevolent, dexterously blends emotional tones while remaining semi-plausible. And Scheider nicely underplays the lonely, thrice-divorced manager whose ingratiating nature makes all his guests feel right at home -- it's what's called "modest" acting, and though Scheider is indeed wasted on this mediocre material, he doesn't sleepwalk. O'Malley doesn't get much in the way of atmosphere going, his attempts at building suspense never come to anything, and the murders lack the creativity that might've afforded some macabre delight (though a tire iron impaled through a cop's torso isn't without a second or two of interest). It says quite a bit when Gene Wilder's comedy-chiller Haunted Honeymoon provides more valid scares than this limp noodle of a straightly played chiller.

Hopefully, we'll be seeing more of Booth in the future.

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originally posted: 04/02/14 13:51:32
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  DVD: 22-Jul-2008



Directed by
  David O'Malley

Written by
  David O'Malley

  Nick Cornish
  Lindy Booth
  Roy Scheider
  Tia Carrere
  Daryl Hannah

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