“Bride of Violence” is a brilliant, extremely effective and guttural descent into the darkest caverns of religious values and marital fidelity.
There’s nothing quite like the feeling of being in love, but sometimes love hurts. And sometimes, as “Bride of Violence” so brutally shows us, it can even be violent.
Bride of Violence is a 2018 horror film written and directed by Travis Mills. It stars Dylan Bronte, Brooklyn Wilde, Richard Anderson and Porsche Lynn. An engaged Christian couple’s camping trip quickly turns to shit when they cross paths with an escaped convict.
Devout Christians Dennis (Bronte) and Kate (Wilde) are engaged and saving themselves for marriage. However, a camping trip seems like the perfect way to get some much needed alone time and privacy from the constraints of watchful eyes. But when they come across a deranged escaped convict named Berenger (Anderson), all hell begins to break loose.
Bride of Violence is produced under the umbrella of Running Wild Films. The company was formed in 2010 when writer and director Travis Mills teamed up with retired film professor and playwright Gus Edwards, to make quality films at a fast pace on reasonable budgets. Since then, the company has gone on to produce over 100 shorts films and 11 feature length films.
The film company is based in Arizona, and have recently branched out to Colorado and Mississippi. Bride of Violence was shot in 2017 on location in Globe, Arizona. The majority of the film’s cast consists of Arizona-based actors.
This film really makes your skin crawl. It tests your emotional stability and eats at your nerves. It’ll make you second guess whether to turn it off or continue watching through closed fingers. It’s truly terrifying and insanely intense. It’s a grim look at love and ultimately the unforeseen circumstances of what that word defines.
It needs to be said that some of the content therein is so disturbing that it may have some negative effects upon its viewers — which is a quality every superior horror film should possess.
I believe a great horror film should display some criteria of cinematic originally so agitating and unsettling that it makes you want to simply stop watching and forget what you just witnessed. Bride of Violence really delivers on this front.
The film itself is breathtakingly beautiful! The gorgeous Arizona landscape along with brilliantly placed angles and use of shadows, gives the film a brooding atmospheric personality, similar to some of the more classic Argento films. You can practically feel the wind in certain scenes and even smell the campfire smoke. It’s very similar to the way Argento captures the essence of the elements in his films Phenomena and Suspiria.
There were only a couple of points of contention, yet nothing of real concern or worth mentioning. The film felt nearly perfect, and it will definitely catch you off guard if you’re not ready.
It’s extremely pleasing to see a piece of film that looks this good, on such a low budget.
Bride of Violence is easily a film fit for theaters. It actually premieres on Oct. 11th, 2018 at the Alamo Drafthouse in Tempe, Arizona. It’s highly suggested that you grab your tickets ASAP and don’t miss out on your chance to see this bloody river of brutality on the big screen. It starts out strange and grows into a mutated beast of monstrous proportions!
Overall, I give this film 2.5 out of 3 scratches for its pure terror and substantial genre techniques.
Simply put…Bride of Violence is Fucking Fantastic! It explores the limits of how much the mind can truly handle. It pushes every button on the fear scale, and then some! It kicks major ass and really should come with a warning label.