06th May2021

‘Goodbye Honey’ Review

by Alain Elliott

Stars: Peyton Michelle Edwards, Pamela Jayne Morgan, Paul C. Kelly, Juliette Alice Gobin, Rafe Soule | Written by Max Strand, Todd Rawiszer | Directed by Max Strand

Horror movies that involve a woman being abducted by a an and held hostage, usually go down the same route. We see the capture, the hostage part in a room usually hidden house and then the escape/attempted escape. Goodbye Honey thankfully tries to do things a bit different.

In it we see a young woman, Allison, escape her captor early on in the film and find her way to a truck stop, and the back of a truck owned by Dawn. Unsure whether to believe her story or not, Dawn and Allison eventually have to work together to get through the night.

The story is definitely one of the strong parts of Goodbye Honey, helping it feel fresh and original in a sub genre that has a whole lot of bad films in it. I really enjoyed the different directions the movie goes, coming to an obvious conclusion but getting there through some great little twists. It has a nice flow to things and each new stage naturally ends and starts the next one. The reason for the kidnapping and how that unfolds is a great example of this.

The three leads all put in very good performances too. Neither of the actors are hugely experienced but you’d be hard pressed to tell. Peyton Michelle Edwards as Allison does a great job of showing a character that while, garners plenty of sympathy, has this frantic edge to her which gives Dawn a reason not to trust her. Pamela Jayne Morgan as Dawn is almost as good. The character is well written but without her performance some of her decisions might not have worked as well as they do. While Paul C. Kelly plays Cass, the guy who kidnaps Allison. His motives aren’t immediately obvious and he even manages to get the viewer to show him some sympathy but he is quick to show that the character is not a very nice person.

Goodbye Honey has a really nice synth inspired score that shows that that genre of music really can work with any type of horror movie when done right. The location works excellently too, the truck stops lighting and the cinematography around it with the forest surrounds looks great.

There’s not too much to complain about with Goodbye Honey. Sometimes the dialogue is slightly off and the part of the story that involves two guys ‘terrorizing’ the truck feels a little unnecessary. That said, this is a really strong debut from the director and writer Max Strand. It’s not always easy to add new things to a type of horror movie that been made countless times with little originality added to it. But Strand shows it’s always possible and I look forward to seeing what everyone involved in this project does next.

*** 3/5

Goodbye Honey will be available across North America on Digital HD and Cable VOD from May 11th, courtesy of Freestyle Digital Media.

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