“Bury the Bride” delivers a satisfying, suspenseful, and dark twist on a classic horror theme that will keep viewers on edge.
The synopsis of Bury the Bride is vague and intriguing:
Bride-to-be June’s bachelorette getaway turns deadly when her bloodthirsty fiancé and his friends show up to crash the party.
What does bloodthirsty mean in this context? Are they serial killers, vampires, werewolves, or something else? I loved not knowing exactly what to expect going into this viewing.
The story begins with a group of friends arriving at a small, creepy house in the middle of a desert for June’s (Scout Taylor-Compton, Rob Zombie’s Halloween) bachelorette party. They are disappointed and disgusted by the place, especially after finding a goat’s head floating in the hot tub. However, they decide to make the best of it and open some bottles of alcohol.
The dialogue and interaction between June’s friends (Lyndsi LaRose, Katie Ryan, and Rachel Brunner) and her sister Sadie (Krsy Fox, who also wrote the story) reveal their personalities and relationships vividly. There is also tension between the sisters which adds some drama to the plot.
The mystery of June’s fiancé David (Dylan Roarke), is established early on, as June’s friends and sister constantly question why she would marry him.
He is described as a hillbilly with some eccentricities, such as not wanting to have his picture taken. However, this is a horror movie, so when he and his friends (Adam Marcinowski, Cameron Cowperthwaite, and Chaz Bono, who also serves as executive producer) show up uninvited, they are more than just rude and inappropriate. They are dangerous and deadly.
The only one of June’s friends who seems to like them is Carmen (LaRose), who goes with them to check the perimeter of the property for wild animals. She never returns.
Bury the Bride sets up the characters and the story effectively in the first half, giving the viewer enough clues and hints to anticipate the big reveal without spoiling it completely.
The second half of the movie turns into a gory and dark horror tale, with some original and unexpected twists on an old theme.
The movie does not shy away from showing blood and violence, but it also does not rely on cheap jump scares or clichés. It creates a sense of dread and suspense through the atmosphere and the actions of the characters.
The cast delivers strong performances throughout the movie, especially Fox, Taylor-Compton, and Roarke. They bring their characters to life and make them believable and relatable.
The only issue I had with the story was that I could not understand why June wanted to marry David in the first place. They seemed completely incompatible, and there was no chemistry or attraction between them. The movie tries to explain this by portraying June as reckless and impulsive, but it was not convincing enough for me. However, this is a minor flaw in an otherwise well-written and well-directed horror movie.
Bury the Bride is directed by Spider One, founder of Powerman 5000 and also the younger sibling of Rob Zombie. He shows his talent and vision in creating a creepy and dark film that will push the viewer out of their comfort zone.
It is not over-the-top or cheesy but rather gritty and realistic with a 70s horror vibe with a modern twist.