Don’t let the title of this film fool you; this is not a Harlequin romance or Lifetime movie. Oh, no, no, no. This is something much more fun. This is one of those films that starts off all sweet and innocent, but then quickly spirals into a blood-soaked trip of mayhem and madness. And I loved it. While not perfect, this is a heck of a film, and I highly recommend giving it a look.
If you are not familiar with THE PERFECT HUSBAND, here is the plot synopsis courtesy of Artsploitation Films:
Viola (Gabriella Wright) and Nicola (Bret Roberts) are going through a difficult period. The couple and their marriage are 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 what was supposed to be a romantic weekend suddenly turns into a deadly nightmare as seething suspicion, maddening paranoia and blind rage explodes around them.
I’m happy to state THE PERFECT HUSBAND is not what I thought it was going to be. I figured the couple would be terrorized by a maniac or something. I never imagined it would be the two of them going after each other!
THE PERFECT HUSBAND is shot well and looks great onscreen. The production value seems high, and the overall feel of the film is polished and well-made.
The acting is very good, with both Gabriella Wright and Bret Roberts giving outstanding performances. With that being said, I had a bit of a problem with the characterizations, particularly that of Viola (I am assuming this comes from the script). It was difficult for me to feel for her because, frankly, she was a bitch to her husband for most of the opening scenes of the film. I understand the trauma that can result from a lost pregnancy, however I feel like she was too hateful for me to care about.
This lack-of-feeling for her character, therefore, led me to not care as much about her later on in the film as well. And even though things get crazy halfway into the film, I found myself almost enjoying what was happening to her. I won’t give anything away, but I will say I actually enjoyed the ending and I found it satisfying in a sense.
THE PERFECT HUSBAND won’t be for everybody (some will find it difficult to watch), but I enjoyed it for the most part, and I do recommend it. Full of great special effects and some gut-wrenching imagery, this is a film that will haunt your mind long after the credits roll.