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A Bride's Revenge is a Made-for-TV Movie Thriller directed by Robert Malenfant and produced/distributed by Johnson Production Group. The film premiered on Lifetime Movie Network in January 2019.

Hair salon owner Miya (Katie Leclerc) is happily engaged to Ian (Jeff Schine). However, events take a frightening turn after Miya receives an invitation in the post - to the wedding of Ian and his crazy ex-girlfriend Lori (Hannah Barefoot).

When Miya is stalked by a veiled figure in a bridal dress, she's convinced Lori is out to ruin her wedding day. Unfortunately the police don't believe her story, and even the initially supportive Ian begins to doubt Miya's sanity.

After the murderous bride targets Ian's family as part of a twisted and deadly scheme, Miya must not only save her marriage, but the life of her true love.


Additional details and a trailer are available on the production company website.

A Bride's Revenge contains examples of:

  • Big Bad: The titular bride.
  • Cool Mask: The murderous stalker wears a bridal dress and veil.
  • "Dear John" Letter: The film's trailer opens with a Voiceover Letter variant narrated by the vengeful Lori.
    Lori: Dearest Ian. Today I waited for you, sure you would follow through on your promise to be together. How you can live with yourself for what you've done.
  • Designated Girl Fight: This is a female-driven thriller, so inevitably Miya confronts the killer bride.
  • Driven to Madness: From sending old wedding invitations to stalking Miya at home and work, the bride is evidently attempting to drive her crazy as part of some twisted scheme.
  • Dying Clue: While not able to identify the perpetrator, Mark tells Ian the bride was responsible for his car 'accident'. Which leads Ian to realise Miya's been telling the truth all along. The bride intends to silence Mark for good before he can reveal this information, but her attempt on his life fails.
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  • For Doom the Bell Tolls: The end of the trailer features ominous church bell rings - in between shots of the knife wielding bride, a panic-stricken Ian and a rather desperate-looking Miya.
  • Howl of Sorrow: Lori's reaction to being stood up at her own wedding.
  • If I Can't Have You...: Lori clearly feels this way about Miya's engagement.
    Lori: I will not let her or anyone come between us.
  • It Was Here, I Swear!: After Miya is attacked by the bride in a restaurant bathroom, she rushes out to tell Ian. But when he comes to look, the only woman present is an innocent blonde in a white dress. Cue Miya desperately trying to convince Ian she's not crazy.
  • Knife Nut: The veiled bride confronts Miya with a kitchen knife - on more than one occasion.
  • Light Is Not Good:
    • The murderous bride dresses in an all-white outfit: long dress, veil, sandals and elbow length gloves.
    • Averted when the killer attacks Mark at the hospital, when more traditional black gloves are used.
  • Lifetime Movie of the Week: Of the woman vs. woman variety.
  • Never the Obvious Suspect:
    • Lori is crazy and clearly resents Ian, but the bride's face remains hidden for much of the film - suggesting not everything is as it seems.
    • Subverted relatively early on - the bride unmasks herself to reveal Lori about a third of the way through.
    • Except Lori has an accomplice - her sister Rose - who dresses up as the bride to provide Lori with an alibi. This is part of a twisted scheme to make Miya appear crazy.
    • Miya discovers Lori has a sister named Rose. When she notices a rose tattoo on her coworker Sandra's fingernail, she suspects it's Rose using a false identity. But the Rose tattoo was done by Miya's other coworker Caroline - as part of a Frame-Up since Caroline is in fact Rose.
  • Make It Look Like an Accident: When the bride swaps stalking for murder, this is the method used.
  • Obsessive Love Letter: Someone sends Miya a wedding invitation - for the cancelled marriage of Ian and Lori on what would be their first anniversary.
  • Oh, Crap!: Miya's reaction on discovering an incriminating bridal dress and veil.
  • Playing the Victim Card: After Miya is attacked by the bride and confronts Lori, the vengeful ex-girlfriend claims Miya is stalking her.
  • Police are Useless: The detective investigating Miya's allegations believe she's the crazy one. And like most female driven thrillers, it's left to the heroine to prove her innocence and save the day.
  • Psycho Ex-Girlfriend: Lori is determined to have Ian for herself and shows up uninvited at Miya's home. Ian's family - notably mother Meg and brother Mark - openly refer to Lori as crazy.
  • Rage Breaking Point: Lori plays innocent for most of the film, but she finally loses it at the climax.
    Lori: (aims gun) You bitch!
  • Runaway Fiancé: Other than a perplexed priest, Lori is the only person who shows up to her cancelled wedding.
  • Sickbed Slaying: After Mark survives a near-fatal car crash caused by the bride playing chicken, a faceless killer wearing black gloves pays a visit to hospital and shuts off the life support system. Ultimately subverted since the hospital staff arrive in time to save his life.
  • Staircase Tumble: The bride murders Ian's mother Meg by pushing her down a staircase.
  • Wedding Day: The theme is present throughout.
    • Lori's wedding to Ian is cancelled before the big day. Apparently nobody told the bride-to-be, and she doesn't take it very well.
    • The final confrontation with Lori and her accomplice Caroline/Rose occurs in an otherwise empty church.
    • And a real wedding at the end, when Miya and Ian marry after surviving the drama.
  • White Mask of Doom: The bride's thick, identity concealing veil doubles as one.
  • Wounded Gazelle Gambit: When Ian confronts Lori, she smashes her head against a mirror to make it appear she's a victim.
  • You Have to Believe Me!: As the bride's schemes intensify, Miya's desperation grows to the point everyone thinks she's crazy - including the police.
    Detective: Nobody saw anything. No intruder. No... bride.
    Miya: You think I did this?
    Detective: You were the only one in the house.