Sometimes, you hear about a movie coming out and it just happens to be foreign. While this is exciting, it can make the wait a total pain in the ass. Being American and impatient, I do find it frustrating to sit around and wait for a perfectly good film to find distribution over here (because whiny baby here likes instant gratification). So naturally, one came out in January of this year from good ol’ Mother Russia (privet!). It’s called Hebecta (The Bride), and it’s directed by Svyatoslav Podgayevskiy. Check out the trailer.
So here’s a fun fact about me: I get completely creeped out in the best possible way by old photographs. Maybe it’s the lack of smiles, maybe it’s the odd beliefs behind them (soul-stealing!), but you have to admit that many of them just have that air of something not being right about them. Part of the plot here is rooted in actual tradition in multiple regions: photographs would be taken of loved ones who had died. That’s… unsettling. Yes, it’s a corpse, it’s a fact of life, it’s only a picture. However, the fact remains that it leaves plenty of room for a scary story. Who’s to say that the picture doesn’t contain something bad? That the dead body wants your soul? That those eyes aren’t going to snap open and suddenly you’re doing battle with something angry and supernatural?
It’s the tapping into of this fear that gives me hope for this film. In the meantime, I get to sit quietly and hope that I can find a copy before I become menopausal. Fingers crossed, the wait won’t be that long.