The Bride He Bought Online
PRANKED!!! You got so pranked!
Lifetime brings us an amazing tale of pranking gone wrong, internet danger, guy who goes nuts, and teen girls stuffed in trunks! The Bride He Bought Online is pure, concentrated Lifetime amazement that raises the bar for their original movies. It’s not really that much of a surprise, for not only is this a Lifetime movies superstar writer Christine Conradt script, she also directs it! Conradt clearly knew she had to up her game, and blasted past that goal and then some! We can only hope this is the beginning of a new level of awesome flicks!
It’s high school, and our trio of main girls are concerned with what everyone in high school is concerned with, views on their secret pranking website! Wait, huh? We’ve entered the world of internet prank videos, a genre that has flourished on YouTube despite the fact most of them are terrible and/or totally fake. But, sure, whatever you want to watch is your business, TarsTarkas.NET can’t really judge based on some of the films we’ve reviewed!
Avery Lindstrom (Anne Winters) is the nice girl who is so done with pranking and is thinking about her future, she also serves as a bookend narrator. Mandy Kim (Lauren Gaw) once was overweight and unpopular, but is now part of the cool squad and desperately wants to stay there. She is starting to have some moral objections to the non-stop pranks, but let’s Kaley push her around. Kaley Mack (Annalisa Cochrane) is attractive, popular, and is the driving force behind the secret prank website. She’s the reason the other two are popular at school, and schemes up the latest and greatest pranks in her quest for social media love.
“We need content. Content equals followers.” – Mandy
“And followers equals?” -Avery
“Everything!” – Kaley
Just when you thought it was safe to go out at night, The Night Stalker returns in Lifetime Movie form! This time The Night Stalker is premiering on Lifetime Movie Network, but is getting enough promotion that it’s become their featured movie of the weekend (edging out Killing Mommy for the center spot on their website!) And it is not hard to see why. The Night Stalker is written and directed by Megan Griffiths (Lucky Them), who has a history of high quality productions, and the film just looks like it had more money to play around with than the typical Lifetime film (though I admit I have no way of knowing if this is true!) Lou Diamond Phillips is an awesome actor who will be amazing in this, and it might be one of the best films on any Lifetime network this year!
Known to many as the “Night Stalker,” Richard Ramirez was an unusually cruel and prolific serial killer who murdered 14 people and terrorized Los Angeles in the summer of 1985. Though Ramirez was convicted of these atrocities and remained on death row for nearly thirty years, he was always suspected of committing additional crimes. This thriller tells the story of Kit, an attorney who travels to San Quentin on an impossible mission to clear the name of a death row inmate in Texas– someone she believes has been wrongly accused of murders actually perpetrated by Ramirez. Kit herself lived in Los Angeles during the fear-tinged summer where Ramirez terrified its citizens, and confronting him again dredges up old and frightening memories of her own past. As the days count down to the innocent Texas man’s execution, Kit confronts Ramirez about his unspeakable crimes in search of an elusive confession, plunging into intense psychological depths in her quest for the truth.
The Night Stalker stars Lou Diamond Phillips, Bellamy Young, Alice Rietveld, Mark Kelly, Annalisa Cochrane, and Zoe McLane. It premieres Sunday, June 12th on Lifetime Movie Network!
Teenagers and the internet are like gasoline and matches in the hands of Lifetime! With The Bride He Bought Online, teen girls pranking a guy into thinking he bought a woman turns tragic when the man turns out to be crazy. I know, disturbed people on the internet? What fiction! But is is real enough for our trio of heroines, who aren’t that nice either, so who are we rooting for? Blood and death, that’s who!
The Bride He Bought Online is the directorial debut of Lifetime Channel superstar Christine Conradt, who has written around forty of the channel’s most ridiculous movies, including most of the “_____ at 17” films and the “____________ He/She Met Online” movies. Conradt knows how to deliver a good script full of crazy scenes, and her connections have probably allowed her to be on set for many of these films. So I think things are in good hands, and I hope this is the beginning of a whole new slew of Christine Conradt Lifetime mania!
Driven by the growing popularity of a prank blog they’ve created, three teen girls decide to play a ‘catfishing’ joke. They create a fake profile of a beautiful woman on an international mail order bride site, and then wait to see which “pathetic losers” fall for her. One does– a lonely, unstable computer programmer named John. After weeks of being led on, John buys the fictitious woman a plane ticket to come visit him in the U.S. The girls show up at the airport to film his devastation, but when his bride doesn’t show, something snaps in John. The teens have no clue that the man they duped is deeply disturbed and will plan an inconceivable revenge that they will be lucky to survive.
Teens, a crazy guy, the Internet coming to kill you, midriffs, Baywatch alums, kidnappings, and follower count obsessions mean this Lifetime flick looks tops!
The Bride He Bought Online stars Anne Winters, Travis Hammer, Lauren Gaw, Annalisa Cochrane, Alexandra Paul, and Jamie Luner. It is written and directed by Christine Conradt.
The Bride He Bought Online premieres Saturday, July 18th on Lifetime!