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Oh, the things we’ll do for love. People are willing to make some extreme changes in their lives to be with someone who has captured their heart. They’ll even go on huge adventures that would seem totally out of character for them to do at any previous point in their lives. In director Danil Grinkin’s 2020 horror comedy Scary Bride, the American lead character doesn’t have a special person in his life, but he’s so desperate for love that he heads over to Russia in hopes that he’ll find the love of his life there. You could also describe what he’s doing as going over to Russia in hopes of hooking up with some random Russian girl, but we’ll take the more romantic view on this one.
Sometimes things go horribly wrong when people make big moves for love, and such is the case in Scary Bride. Which is why the movie has that title, and is categorized as being a horror comedy. The random Russian girl our hero crosses paths with in this movie is not someone he ever would have wanted to meet, in Russia, in the USA, or in any other country. This poor guy had to pay for plane tickets and endure international travel just to be dropped into a living nightmare.
Danil Grinkin, who is also known as Dan Grin, directed Scary Bride from a screenplay by first-time writer Anatol Ardin. Ardin also wrote the synopsis that’s available on the movie’s IMDb page, which tells you exactly what to expect from the movie right up to the point when the horror kicks in:
A young American clerk Anthony, who was recently divorced, led a lonely lifestyle. His old friend Matt did not answer calls for several days and it looked like he left somewhere without warning any of his friends. One day, sounds were heard from Matt’s apartment and Anthony went to check what happened there. Suddenly, he stumbled upon an unfamiliar, beautiful girl and fell in surprise and hit his head. As it turned out, the girl was Natasha, Matt’s girlfriend. Matt heard the sound and rushed in. He and Natasha carried Anthony to his apartment. The next day, Matt and Natasha told Anthony they had just returned from Russia and advised him to go there where he could find a beautiful bride. Natasha assured Anthony that Russia is a very safe place and lots of fun things going on. After some hesitation, Anthony went to Russia. Having settled into the hotel, and rested, in the evening he went to the bar, where he met a lonely, dancing, beautiful blonde named Nina. One of the bar visitors warns Anthony that Nina was a witch and could not be kissed. Anthony didn’t take it seriously. The couple had fun at the restaurant and Nina invited Anthony to her home. Well drunk, Anthony agreed.
The film stars Vitt Ray, Evgeniya Yarushnikova, Andrew Craig, Arnella Zubkova, Diana Belova, Roman Danilychev, Svetlana Egorova, and Fluora Iskhakova.
Grin previously directed the documentary Unbroken, about the friendship that formed between pairs of competitive skaters from Russia and America. One of the skaters was Natalia Zabiiako, who he was also married to for a time.
Scary Bride was a Russian production that’s presented in English, which probably explains why the sound is a bit weird and everyone has been dubbed. This isn’t a movie that’s likely to join the likes of Evil Dead II, Shaun of the Dead, and An American Werewolf in London on lists of the best horror comedies, but you might get a kick out of it.
So check out Scary Bride – after all, it’s free! Then share your thoughts on the film by leaving a comment below or over on YouTube.