August 23, 2018 12:55 pm

It is clear why the horror genre does not take root well in Russia, although everyone in this country is well aware of what fear is, and many even prefer this emotion to anything else. Just the authors of Russian horror films are too fond of Western hits and try to blindly copy them in Russia. It turns out not scary, but funny. But there are several examples of interesting and original works, not all of which fit into the traditional notions of horror films. But they are really scary. As, for example,  “The Bride” movie.

The Bride

It is unclear who and why invented this terrible custom: to decorate dead relatives in costumes and photograph them as if they were alive. To paint over the eyelids eyes to make them seem open, although there was no one to deceive. And although these same photos, perhaps, are the most terrible image in this film, there is a desire of the creators (director Svyatoslav Podgaevsky before made the film “Queen of Spades: Black Rite”) to produce horror at the international level.

The Tin

The journalist of “Komsomolskaya Pravda” Marina tries to understand the history of the maniac, who once worked as a teacher, and now is in a psychiatric hospital. However, he immediately escaped from there and by the will of fate, like Marina, is lost in a half-abandoned garden partnership, whose residents are ready to face their guests with some kind of a strange hospitality.

In 2006, The Tin was the first attempt by Denis Neimand to make genre movies, and he filled the film with a lot of visual details familiar to fans of the format: dusty post-apocalyptic landscapes, gloomy figures of mysterious horsemen in a raincoat, half-mad inhabitants of a forgotten village and a local parody of Hannibal Lecter and Clarissa Starling. All this was diluted with recognizable images of policemen from Russia’s crazy 1990’s. The result came out ambiguous, but addictive, and it is certainly worthy of your attention.


Three bandits decide to rob the bank and leave the scene of the crime on the subway. However, everything goes not according to plan, and first, they have to take hostages, and then fight back from the mysterious executioner who came to punish them for invading its territory.

Unlike the Diggers, the Lineman does not rely heavily on the mystical component and does not come up with complex explanations. Here it is not necessary. The spectator can enjoy the good old violence and collective fear of people in the face of imminent cruel death, and also watch how some characters successfully unfold during the film’s action.

Dead Daughters

Three sisters, drowned by their own mother, pursue their victims for three days and, if they commit a bad deed, they impose the death sentence. “Dead Daughters” made a lot of noise and received mixed reviews from the audience when it was first shown in theaters in 2007.

“Dead Daughters” stand out against the background of the majority of Russian horror: it is clear that the director considers himself an author, not an artisan. Thanks to the “first Russian J-horror” Ruminov even got into TASCHEN’s book “Cinema Now!”, Which tells about 60 filmmakers of the future, and the rights to the film’s remake were bought in America.

Shopping tour

A young widow and her son leave Russia for an excursion to Finland on the very day when the locals temporarily turn into cannibals hunting foreigners. Since the tour includes arriving at dawn in a huge supermarket, all the horror unfolds there.

“Shopping tour” is one of the first Russian films in the found footage genre. This is a truly independent film, shot for pennies by famous film critic Mikhail Brashinsky and outstanding Alexander Simonov, the operator of the last four films of Alexei Balabanov.

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This post was written by Nadia Vella