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Ready or Not gave new meaning to weddings four years ago and was the wedding horror movie 2019. It gave such a strong starring role to a favorite new final girl, Samara Weaving, who plays Grace le Domas in the film. In this black comedy horror film, a new bride discovers that she must play a deadly game for her life against her new in-laws, who have made a deal with Satan. The film was made by members of the film collective/production company Radio Silence who had previously made segments in the anthology films V/H/S and Southbound. But Ready or Not is the film that made horror fans notice.

  • Crimson Peak (2015)

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    Guillermo del Toro's Gothic horror romance Crimson Peak stars Mia Wasikowska, Jessica Chastain, Tom Hiddleston, and Charlie Hunnam. A young author and heiress, Edith Cushing, meets a dashing baronet., Sir Thomas Sharpe and his sister Lucille and falls in love. Her father bribes Thomas to abandon Edith, but they can't stay away from each other. Edith's father is murdered, and the two marry and return to Sharpe's ancestral seat in England, Crimson Peak. The Gingold Files has an exclusive interview with Guillermo del Toro on the film.

  • [•REC]³: Génesis (2012)

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    [•REC]³: Génesis is the third film in the [REC] series and one of the most highly entertaining films in the franchise and a wedding horror movie for sure. The film was directed by Paco Plaza and is based on characters created by Jaume Balagueró. Leticia Dolera, Diego Martín, Ismael Martínez, and Àlex Monner star in the action-horror comedy. If you can imagine a beautiful bride fighting friends and family who have turned into zombies at her wedding with a chainsaw, then you understand the appeal of [•REC]³: Génesis. But there's still love and romance in the film. Koldo and Clara, the bride and groom, are genuinely in love and devoted to each other. They have a love that transcends death.

  • He Knows You're Alone (1980)

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    Armand Mastroianni directed He Knows You're Alone, which is the story of a woman, Amy Jensen, who is about to be married and being stalked by a killer who kills brides to be and everyone around them. Caitlin O'Heaney, Don Scardino, and Elizabeth Kemp star in this film. The killer Ray Carlton starts to stalk Amy in earnest and absolutely refuses to be deterred in his pursuit of Amy. It is one of the many slasher films made in the wake of John Carpenter's Halloween.

  • The Invitation (2022)

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    Jessica M. Thompson directed The Invitation, a story inspired by Dracula; it is about a young woman who finds out via DNA test that she is related to Oliver Alexander, a man in England. She is invited to New Carfax Abbey, where she meets Walter De Ville, the lord of the abbey. After being romanced by De Ville, she suddenly finds that the family wedding she was invited to is her own. Director Jessica M. Thompson was interviewed by Fangoria and talked about her revisionist take on Dracula on the website.

  • Bride of Chucky (1998)

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    Bride of Chucky is the fourth film in the Child's Play franchise. It is a horror comedy slasher film about Chucky and his girlfriend in real life being reunited when Tiffany Valentine manages to reincarnate Chucky once again. The film does not mention the character of Andy Barclay, who had previously been the center of the series and goes more toward a very dark type of humor, with Chucky as the center of the film and Tiffany as his bride. Jennifer Tilly plays Tiffany Valentine, and Brad Dourif once again plays Chucky. Katherine Heigl, Nick Stabile, and John Ritter also star. It was announced that all four Chucky films would be getting an Ultra HD release later this year, and the story is on the Fangoria website.

  • Stepfather II (1989)

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    Jerry Blake, the evil stepfather, is back and trying again to create his perfect family in Stepfather II. This time after escaping a mental institution in Puget Sound, Washington, he adopts a new identity and goes to California. When he meets Carol Grayland, he decides she's the one. After getting rid of Carol's husband, who returned after leaving her the year before, and her suspicious best friend, Matty, the wedding day comes, but now even Carol starts to mistrust him. The film starred Terry O'Quinn, Meg Foster, Caroline Williams, and Jonathan Brandis and was directed by Jeff Burr. Fangoria's archives have the original article from Fango about The Stepfather II in Issue 84, where you can read all about the film.

  • The Blood Spattered Bride (1972)

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    The Blood Spattered Bride is a Spanish film that starts with the image of a lovely bride still in her gown and her new husband. The woman feels like another woman is stalking her and starts having violent fantasies and dreams that feature a woman who turns out to be Mircala Karstein. Mircala is one of the husband's ancestor's wives who murdered her husband on her wedding night. You can see where this is going, as Mircala's name backward is Carmila. Mircala/Carmila seduces the bride and goes on a bloody spree. The legend of Carmila or Carmilla is celebrated in the Fangoria column What Girls Do When They're Left Alone, and part two specifically talks about The Blood Spattered Bride.

  • Hatchet for the Honeymoon (1970)

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    Hatchet for the Honeymoon is an Italian Giallo film directed by Mario Bava. Bava's work is renowned among Giallo fans, but this is one of his films that is not as well known as Blood and Black Lace or A Bay of Blood. As John Harrington, Stephen Forsyth owns a bridal shop and coincidentally regularly murders young brides-to-be. He despises his wife Mildred (Laura Betti) and falls in love with a young model named Helen (Dagmar Lassander.) His rage is now finally focused on his wife, and he kills her but still sees her walking around even after he cremated her body. Creepy!

  • The Bride of Frankenstein (1935)

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    James Whale's sequel to his film Frankenstein is about Victor Frankenstein's attempt to create a mate for the Monster, egged on by his former mentor Dr. Praetorious. When he finally reanimates The Bride, he presents her to her mate. She screams in horror and rejects him. This is a classic moment in the Universal Monster's canon and an unforgettable moment in horror history. Boris Karloff, Colin Clive, Valerie Hobson, and Elsa Lanchester star in the film, with Lanchester playing the double role of Mary Shelley, the creator of the novel Frankenstein, in the film's prologue. If you want to read the news about actress and director Maggie Gyllenhaal possibly remaking The Bride of Frankenstein for Netflix, you can read that article on Fangoria's website.

  • Demon (2015)

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    Demon is a Polish horror film about a Polish American man who returns to Poland to marry a woman he only has met on the Internet. While using farm equipment to dig on the farm right before the wedding ceremony, he finds the skeleton of a woman and becomes possessed by a spirit called a dybbuk. The structure was that of a woman named Hana, and he sees her walking in her wedding dress in visions. Directed by Marcin Wrona, the film stars Itay Tiran, Agnieszka Żulewska, and Tomasz Schuchardt.

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