Bea and Paul are newlyweds who are spending their honeymoon at a cabin in the woods. All is going well until one night, Bea is missing from her bed and Paul finds her wandering around confused in the woods. As she begins acting strangely and increasingly odd things start happening, Paul starts to suspect that something else happened in the woods.
We are introduced to our characters, Bea and Paul, as they elatedly talk to the camera about how their new marriage. I hated both of them instantly, though I’m unsure if this was intentional. I don’t mind Rose Leslie in Game of Thrones, but here she seemed to be channeling Anna Kendrick and Emma Stone – both of whom I hate – and I just couldn’t shake it. She irritated me to my core and I just prayed for her death the entire film.
Their romance felt overly fake and forced. Again, I’m unsure if this was intentional, but I didn’t feel like it was satirizing loved up young folk. The dialogue was strange and awkward, particularly after Paul begins creepily watching her every move. The fact that he got so suspicious and creepy after her ‘sleepwalking’ also didn’t make much sense; he was acting stranger than she was.
It was a very serious film (which, despite my love for them, is a welcome change in the age of meta-horror), but got a little grating because it was neither scary nor particularly enjoyable to watch. By the time it gave you enough to start asking questions and Harry Treadaway started showing some acting skills, I’d lost interest.
With one outrageously annoying and unlikable lead and another boring one, the film’s romance center fails completely, as well as any attempt at caring about what happens to them. It’s a slow film and required that base to build on, but instead it just crumbled. It left too many unanswered questions and not enough to go on. And without any emotional connection, any ambiguity that could’ve worked, didn’t. It ended up feeling really silly, despite leaving some interesting crumbs. I’ve read a few theories on the film, and whilst they all sound plausible, none of them fit the film that I watched.