Gene Wilder is back in the rut of sending up old film conventions in Haunted Honeymoon, a mild farce. Title is a misnomer, since set-up has radio actor Wilder taking his fiancee Gilda Radner out to his family's gloomy country estate to meet the kinfolk just before tying the knot. Clan is presided over by the tubby, genial Aunt Kate, played by Dom DeLuise, who maintains that a werewolf is on the loose in the vicinity.

Gene Wilder is back in the rut of sending up old film conventions in Haunted Honeymoon, a mild farce. Title is a misnomer, since set-up has radio actor Wilder taking his fiancee Gilda Radner out to his family’s gloomy country estate to meet the kinfolk just before tying the knot. Clan is presided over by the tubby, genial Aunt Kate, played by Dom DeLuise, who maintains that a werewolf is on the loose in the vicinity.

In any event, Wilder is obliged to contend with numerous assaults on his health, and much of the blessedly brief running time is devoted to frantic running among different rooms in the mansion for reasons that occasionally prove faintly amusing but are singularly uncompelling. Pic provokes a few chuckles along the way, but no guffaws.

Haunted Honeymoon

Production

Orion. Dir Gene Wilder; Producer Susan Ruskin; Screenplay Gene Wilder, Terence Marsh; Camera Fred Schuler; Editor Christopher Greenbury; Music John Morris Art Dir Terence Marsh

Crew

(Color) Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1986. Running time: 82 MIN.

With

Gene Wilder Gilda Radner Dom DeLuise Jonathan Pryce Paul L. Smith Peter Vaughan

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