The Perfect Husband
The horror genre has seen an uptick in great little indie films in the past few years that have become both original and terrifying in their own right. Well they don’t get smaller than the little Italian film, The Perfect Husband. The film, from Luca Pavetto, brings its own form of a slasher with a twist and manages to keep the viewer in the dark on a great deal of story points, keeping the tension all the more high.
Viola (Gabriella Wright) and Nicola (Bret Roberts) are going through a difficult period. The couple and their relationship was strained by a termination of pregnancy that has overwhelmed them unexpectedly. To overcome this crisis, they decide to spend a weekend in an old cottage in the woods. But all will take a devilish bend when the head of one of the spouses is infiltrated with a crazy suspicion. What was supposed to be a quiet weekend will turn suddenly into a deadly nightmare.
The story itself is nothing too deep as it doesn’t strive to be too thought provoking, but the premise and set-up is enough to support the tension. It’s relatively straight-forward for a majority of the film until the third act when everything is ramped up. Capped off by an interesting twist, The Perfect Husband has a near-perfect little ending.
Now as most often the case when looking at an indie horror film, the performances are nothing stellar. They are serviceable enough to fit within the story, but there are quite a few lines, from both leads, that feel as though they were read off of a big cue card. The best acting that either of them accomplishes is the horror aspects, when everything is going wrong they manage to convey the sheer terror of it all.
In terms of horror, it isn’t going to be anything terribly original, but it gets the job done in the fear department. Pavetto, the director, manages to throw little glimpses into the film that, certainly upon looking back, shed light on what is truly going on with the troubled couple. The third act terror that he places upon the screen is shot really well, in fact most of the film is, and thus makes the film all the more immersive.
Overall, The Perfect Husband is not too bad for an indie horror. It doesn’t offer anything unique until a third act twist, but everything until that point is manageable enough to make the entire film worth a watch. The acting is not award worthy by any means, but then again, how many horror films can claim a good performance? The answer: not many. The Perfect Husband ends up being a decent little horror film and certainly not a bad way to spend an hour and a half.
3 out of 5
The Perfect Husband is now available on DVD and Blu-ray from Artsploitation Films
- Synopsis: This terrifying psychological horror film follows Viola (Gabriella Wright) and Nicola (Bret Roberts) as they try to reconcile after an unexpected termination of pregnancy puts a strain on their marriage. They decide to spend a weekend in a family cottage in the woods but what was supposed to be a romantic weekend suddenly turns into a deadly nightmare as seething suspicions, maddening paranoia and blind rage explodes around them. A bloody, unsettling thriller from Italian horror filmmaker Lucas Pavetto.
- Bonus features: Il Marito Perfectto (short film) (38 minutes), The PerfectHusband Behind-the-Scenes (24 minutes), Artsploitation trailers