In the “existential, supernatural drama” Brides to Be, a couple of newlyweds find themselves torn apart by unseen forces in a haunted house on the eve of their wedding. Shot on location in a real haunted house in Redmond, Washington, the film’s directed by Seattle locals Kris & Lindy Boustedt. Carollani Sandberg and Angela DiMarco star as Jenna and Robin.
If you missed the premiere of Brides to Be at last week’s Twist of Pride Festival, worry not. The film premieres this Friday, July 1, On Demand in all digital platforms.
The film’s website describes the plot like so:
Robin is excited beyond words; Jenna is plagued by panic attacks and struggles to write her vows. But when they arrive at their secluded fairy-tale venue sinister forces besiege them, threatening to tear them apart.
It’s both a love story and a psychological thriller, a timeless romance in a haunted house. Skillfully mixing genres, the film explores how doubt and fear can be imposed upon us and infect us from within, but only if we let it.
Watching this film, I was reminded of other small budget, ambitious projects I’ve seen, where the “horror” elements are really a stand in for the character’s inner demons. (Resolution, a little known horror film that is really about friendship, betrayal and addiction comes to mind.) When the house turns on the couple, it uses their already existing fears, resentments and secrets against them. Who survives and who perishes in the end will come down to who’s the most resilient.
Brides to Be is equal parts romantic and frightening; in other words, everything I imagine marriage to be.