Struggling young lovers, Tom and Eve, must endure a 30-day scientific experiment. Room, board, $50,000 and a month alone together in research facility housing. What could possibly go wrong.
Starring: Francois Chau, Tara Westwood, Chloe Carroll, and Jim Schubin
Directed and written by: Phillip G. Carroll Jr.
Ah the honeymoon phase, a time for a couple to really get to know each other. It can come with a lot of fun in and out of the bedroom. It also comes with some decisions to be made about their future. In “The Honeymoon Phase,” Tom (Jim Schubin) and Eve (Chloe Carroll) have a big decision of their own to make. They’re presented with the opportunity to take part in an experiment, and receive $50,000 along with a few other perks.
Thinking the money would help with future plans for a family, the couple decides to give the experiment a chance. They go through an orientation before settling in their new apartment for the next month. It has everything they need, and the high tech quarters can get them anything else they need along the way. After settling in, it’s all about them, and some private time together in the bedroom. Yes the bedroom, where the problems for this couple and many others begins.
While they’re a couple the story leans a little more towards Eve. It paints her as maybe being unstable and seeing things, and she’s given reason not to trust Tom. The honeymoon seems to be going downhill quickly, and the movie uses this opportunity to show what happens in abusive relationships. It starts more in a verbal way, but then becomes physical as well. He’s obsessed with having a baby, but she doesn’t want one yet. This is clearly their biggest issue, and one that plays a big role in what’s to come.
There’s plenty of tension, drama, and horror in those moments, but the horror fans are looking for is still to come. As it appears, there’s more going on here in this experiment. A few secrets are revealed including a big secret which eventually puts Eve in an extremely tough position. It all sets up a very fitting ending to the honeymoon.
While Tom and Eve can’t get along, Jim and Chloe form a good bond. They have good chemistry together, even in the many moments their characters are losing that chemistry. It would have been nice to see Francois a little more in his mysterious doctor role, but his character isn’t the focus. Overall, they do a good job highlighting relationship abuse without distracting from the story, and where it goes. They also do a good job setting up where this story is headed, and finding an exciting ending. My honeymoon with “The Honeymoon Phase” is over, as I give it 3 pools of blood!
More info about this film at: http://promotehorror.com/2020/08/31/the-honeymoon-phase-now-available-on-demand/