the russian bride

[Cinepocalypse 2018] ‘The Russian Bride’ is A Bloodbath of Massive Proportions!

It’s officially time to wrap up the Cinepocalypse 2018 festival, but it’s been one hell of a ride. Thanks to Cinepocalypse for highlighting so many wonderful artists and their films so that the world can see what they have to offer. Last on our list for Cinepocalypse 2018 is the highly anticipated horror story, The Russian Bride.

There’s nothing more powerful than a Mother’s love for their child…

This blissfully blood horror story is directed and written by Michael S. Ojeda. The cast includes Corbin Bernsen, Kristina Pimenova, Gregory O’Gallagher, Oksana Orlanm, Michael Robert Brandon, Lisa Goodman, and more. 

Official Synopsis of The Russian Bride:

A Russian woman travels to America with her daughter to marry a reclusive billionaire, who turns out to be a psycho who sends their lives spiraling into a living hell.

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This is one I’ve been excited to watch for awhile, and let’s just say it didn’t disappoint. Everything about The Russian Bride sold me. From the desperately beautifully horror story to the character development, and most of all, the most epic ending to end all endings ever. Seriously, that finale was mind blowing.

The story is one that’s dreadful from beginning to end with hints of happiness throughout. Although I think it’s very naive for a women in Russia to up and move her daughter to the states to meet a man without having any clue what he’s really like, I realize stuff like this happens. The idea of a better life is intoxicating and often drowns out any other rationality one may have. In doing so, it made the story feel realistic and familiar.

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I really enjoyed the character development for the main character, Nina, played by Oksana Orlan. She started out as a defeated woman running away from her problems, dependent upon a stranger for a new life, and completely transformed when things went to hell. She became a ruthless badass who slayed anything that came her way. A killer Russian Bride. Karl, played by Corbin Bernsen, was equally brilliant in his role. Although he’s absolutely horrid, part of you feels for him.

The ending was, by far, my favorite part, as it was bat shit crazy and I didn’t see it coming. It’s a different atmosphere from the rest of the film. However, it builds up to that moment. It’s the ultimate bloodbath that doesn’t hold back. Gory, buckets of blood, and awesome kills that don’t disappoint. Michael S. Ojeda knows how to deliver one hell of an ending.

Final Thoughts on The Russian Bride:

The Russian Bride is built on layers of emotion that make you feel invested in the story and the characters, and then delivers one hell of ending that can never be unseen. I highly recommend checking this one out at when you can and I’m glad I got to opportunity to watch it for  Cinepocalypse 2018.

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About Tori Danielle

Tori has had a passion for Horror and music ever since she was a little girl. She got bit by the writing bug in high school where she was involved in both the school newspaper and the yearbook. While getting her Bachelors degree, she took Journalism and Creative Writing classes where her passion grew even stronger. Now, in between work and family, she spends all of her spare time indulging in music, Horror movies, and nerdy fandoms, all while running/assisting one of the biggest Horror groups on Facebook and writing for various websites.

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