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Film Reviews: Honeymoon (2014) and Red State (2011)
Honeymoon (2014). Co-written and directed by Leigh Janiak. The film starts with newly married couple, Bea (Rose Leslie) and Paul (Harry Treadaway), talking to the camera recounting how they met as part of their wedding video. The footage is intercut with the drive to their honeymoon location, an old cabin near a lake. The last few years I've enjoyed horror films less and less, perhaps because of torture porn and the like. Fortunately Honeymoon is more of a return to traditional horror, relying on an interesting story and two great characters (and actors). That's not to say it's without scares as it does a great job of ratcheting up the tension. The only difficulty I had with the film was the ending, in that it's not clear cut, but top marks for the rest of it. Recommended for fans of good quality horror that don't mind unclear endings. 4/5 (Good)

Red State (2011). Written and directed by Kevin Smith. The film starts with teenager Travis (Michael Anarano) being taken to school by his mother. They are delayed by a religious group protesting at a funeral. Red State had that feel of straight-to-video throughout, with less than brilliant acting combined with a lacklustre script. Oddly the film is described as "action-horror", but there's no horror and it's more of a thriller, for small values of thrill. Hard to know who to recommend it to, but thriller fans stuck for anything else to watch might want to give it a whirl. 2/5 (Poor)