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Prey for the Bride (2024) Review

Prey for the Bride is the latest slasher adjacent thriller to debut as a Tubi Original. I’ve been asked why I still bother reviewing Tubi Originals when they so frequently suck. For the same reason I reviewed Jurassic Triangle from Proportion Productions last night. They do occasionally produce something worth watching, and I keep hoping I’ll get lucky and find another Five Star Murder or A Violent Man among the crap.

Greg (Brad Harder, Aurora Teagarden Mysteries: How to Con a Con, The Christmas House) has just proposed to his girlfriend Jordan (Megan Peta Hill, Apex, We Are Zombies) in front of all their friends. All except Kimi, who we saw get stabbed to death in the film’s opening scenes.

Three months later, the girls have recovered enough to throw Jordan’s bachelorette party. So the bride to be, along with Brooke (Jacky Lai, Eraser: Reborn, Candy Cane Candidate), Dorit (Getenesh Berhe, Kim’s Convenience, Cinema of Sleep), April (Lina Lecompte, Bullet Proof, Monster High) and Lauren (Marnie Mahannah, 12 Dares of Christmas, Mommy’s Stolen Memories) head out to the countryside for the weekend.

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Writer Bryan Dick (Itsy Bitsy, 911 Nightmare) and director Danny J. Boyle (Killer Daddy Issues, My Sister’s Serial Killer Boyfriend) give us a bit of backstory about Jordan’s previous fiancé, presumed to have died in a fire he set. The general consensus among her friends being he was a scumbag, and she was lucky he didn’t kill her as well as himself.

They also give us several potential suspects, the member of the group who doesn’t quite fit in, the voyeuristic limo driver, the woman Brooke’s parents sent to watch over her and their house, etc. And then there’s the caterer, waitstaff and strippers, any one of which could be the person under the wolf mask. Prey for the Bride has a rather large school of red herrings swimming through its plot.

Unfortunately, Prey for the Bride’s script doesn’t take advantage of this potential and quickly kills off or otherwise eliminates most of the potential suspects while concentrating on infighting among the group over who is sabotaging the weekend with incidents insinuating that Holden, Jordan’s ex, was actually murdered.

Unfortunately, Prey for the Bride’s script doesn’t take advantage of this potential and quickly kills off or otherwise eliminates most of the potential suspects while concentrating on infighting among the group over who is sabotaging the weekend with incidents insinuating that Holden, Jordan’s ex, was actually murdered.

Once it does transition into slasher territory, Prey for the Bride still sticks to cliché moments like the others saying someone knows how to take care of themselves, only for them to be the next victim. There’s also a Saw styled game of Russian Roulette with poisoned shots. And worst of all, an ending that’s as obvious and overused as it is improbable. It’s also an insult to the viewer’s intelligence, especially the final lines of dialogue, it’s no wonder the character hearing them looks skeptical as they walk away.

I wasn’t expecting a new classic, but I was hoping Boyle and Dick wouldn’t totally botch a fairly basic plot. But at every possible turn they do just that, never showing the least bit of originality and choosing the worst options when deciding what to copy and how to put it on the screen. But given the long list of Lifetime thrillers and made for cable romances in their credits, I should have known that bland would be the best that could be said about Prey for the Bride.

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Sadly, Prey for the Bride doesn’t even reach that level. Its script is dull, annoying and aggressively stupid, and the cast give performances to match. There’s little in the way of effects or other eye candy to help distract from that fact, either. One of the few amusing, intentionally or otherwise, moments in the film is the limo driver about to rub one out to pictures of the women in bathing suits with robes over them. The whole movie reeks of that kind of desperation, and like that ill-fated character, the viewer isn’t likely to get satisfaction either.

Prey for the Bride is available on Tubi, though not in all of the countries it operates in. If you live in one of those countries, consider yourself lucky.

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