Lionsgate has acquired the rights to the Russian horror The Bride (Невеста, 2017), as reported by The Hollywood Reporter. Attached to the project are Vlad Severtsev, producer of the original film, and screenwriters Chad Hayes & Carey Hayes (The Conjuring, The Conjuring 2). Using post-mortem photography as our entry point to all things nightmare-fuel, The Bride tells the story of a 1900’s bride that has returned from the dead to run amok. Also known as memorial portraiture or a mourning portrait, post-mortem photography is the practice of photographing recently deceased relatives as though they are still living.
Admittedly, I never made it any further into the trailer to know much more than this. Sometimes you just know when a film is going to surprise you, and you want to remain in the dark for as long as possible. While I haven’t had a chance to see The Bride yet, it does sound perfectly suited for The Conjuring universe. Released in January of this year, the film earned just over 3 million at the box office with a limited international release.
Written and Directed by Svyatoslav Podgayevsky, The Bride has not yet found an American distributor. Lionsgate’s acquisition is sure to speed things up a little bit though, so keep an eye out for the film on VOD platforms.