THE WIDOW (2020) Reviews of Russian horror


The Widow is a 2020 Russian horror feature film about people going missing in a forest haunted by a dark spirit known as the Limping Widow. The original title is Vdova

Directed by Ivan Minin from a screenplay co-written with Natalya Dubovaya and Ivan Kapitonov, the movie stars Viktotiya Potemina, Anastasiia Gribova, Margarita Bychkova and Ilya Agapov.


In a densely forested area north of St. Petersburg people have been going missing for three decades. The few corpses that have been found were unclothed.

On October 14th 2017, a team of volunteers went out into the woods in search of a missing teenager. Soon, all communication with them was lost. Locals believe they were taken by the same dark spirit that took the others. They call it the Limping Widow…


The Widow isn’t so much a slow burn, but its pacing sets up a dynamic where the audience has to sit with the isolation and dread enveloping the cast. The titular Widow’s abilities and that of the potent atmosphere establish a prominent aura of unease throughout. Even with some rough narrative patches, The Widow is a creepy tale…” Bloody Disgusting

The Widow is a beautifully shot and nicely constructed horror film about isolation and the dark spaces where evil thrives. What the film lacks in creative flourishes it more than makes up for in three-dimensional characters, tonal consistency, and effective use of atmosphere.” Killer Horror Critic

“There’s nothing wrong with a film being a slow burn, but The Widow never catches fire. It’s a smouldering ember, all atmosphere and no payoff. The real villain isn’t The Lame Widow, it’s the lame script. It spends way too much time teasing us with possibilities it never actually follows through on. Then when something does happen, it’s underwhelming.” Voices from the Balcony


The Widow will be released by Shout! Studios and Scream Factory on VOD and digital platforms and on DVD and Blu-ray on March 30, 2021.


Viktotiya Potemina
Anastasiia Gribova
Margarita Bychkova
Ilya Agapov
Aleksey Aniskin
Konstantin Nesterenko
Oleg Chugunov


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