Quick Take: The Ghost Bride

Mayen, a young woman in dire circumstances, agrees to become a bride in a ghost wedding, unknowingly initiating a series of disturbing events.

With Feng Shui and Sukob under his belt, I expected a lot more from “master of horror” Chito Rono. But The Ghost Bride falls short and ends up a convoluted, disjointed, disappointing mess. Perhaps I’m confused as I know nothing about the lore, but the film definitely didn’t do a good job to set it up (say, like Feng Shui). It’s filled with jump scares that build to nothing, rituals with no clear conditions, and plot points with a lot of coincidences. The third act even becomes hilariously Insidious-esque. Surprise, surprise!

I would have forgiven all these if there is at least a semblance of humanity in Mayen and her family, but they are all just a bunch of bafoons — insensitive, secretive people who don’t communicate and set each other up to fail. At a certain point, I was rooting for Mayen to actually be implicated in the deaths and for the villain to win, which is never a good sign.

As you do with haunted houses, ghost weddings, and creepy suitors, stay away from this film.

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