Friday, July 15, 2011

Not many haunted honeymoons

My brother-in-law is getting married in two days so this is a great time to tell you that I haven’t watched “Haunted Honeymoon” in years. It’s on Netflix Instant Watch but I’m not going to have a chance to watch it between now and the wedding. I feel like a bit of a failure for that. I should have been better prepared. I should have watched the movie, if only refresh my memory.

Here’s what I remember:

Dom Deluise in drag, face whiter than the skin on the underside of my arms. A big, scary bed & breakfast, looking like the Addams Family house or maybe even Norman Bates house. (There’s part of me that wants to say the filmmakers of “Haunted Honeymoon” used the same house while it say empty on the Universal back lot. This is only my memory. I could be wrong.) This is also one of the rare film teamings of real-life married couple Gene Wilder and Gilda Radner.

Wilder established his horror-comedy cred in “Young Frankenstein,” a film that if you haven’t seen it, and you tell me that, I will make fun of you until you do see it. I can be brutal about these things.

I tried to come up with other worthy wedding-centric horror movies for this post. Unfortunately, most of the good horror movies about couples take place either before the couple gets married or at a time when the marriage is in trouble. “What Lies Beneath” is about a marriage, but not a wedding. “Rosemary’s Baby” is about a marriage and the isolation one half of that marriage feels, but it’s not about getting married.

Weddings could be ripe for exploitation by the horror field. We’ve done divorces, pregnancies, honeymoons, any number of holidays, but a scary wedding? I can’t think of one.

Which is odd, since so many horror fans get married on Halloween or Friday the 13th. (My own wedding—which went off without a hitch—took place on a Saturday the 14th.) Eric and his fiancĂ©e in “The Crow” were going to get married on Halloween, but those plans were cut short the day before.

“Haunted Honeymoon,” as far as I can remember, is hilarious. The Wilder-Radner relationship is solid and it shows on film. That’s love right there. Working together on a low budget horror-comedy and staying together. Not working together very often probably helped, too.

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