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Jun 18

Bloody Mary

bloodymaryGenre: Horror
Year: 2006
Country: USA

Director: Richard Valentine
Starring: Jaason Simmons, Kim Tyler, Matthew Borlenghi, Danni Ravden, Amber Borycki

 

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A group of nurses at a psych ward, lead by the most sadistic one named Jenna is challenging an innocent and scared new nurse named Nicole to play the deadly game of “Bloody Mary”. She strips off all her clothes, go down in a hole on the floor of the mental hospital and has to find a mirror and say “I believe in Bloody Mary” out loud.

This dangerous game sets out the evil spirit of Bloody Mary, who ends up killing Nicole and starts to haunt the hospital. Nicole’s sister Natalie arrives at the hospital to try to find out what has happened to her lost sister, but by doing that she also finds herself in the danger of Bloody Mary.

The filmmakers behind this project were smart in regard of choosing the subject material for the film. The old legend of the spirit who appears when you say her name in front of a mirror is creepy, well known and does not have a great movie behind it yet. The closest we come is Candyman, which is very similar, but also executed very differently, leaving a potential good horror film open for those who want to give it a try.

And after seeing this film I would say that the option is still available for those who want to give the legend a respectable movie, cause this did not do much for it. I try to avoid the word boring as much as I can while writing reviews, but I can’t find a better word for this film than boring. I don’t wanna spend a lot of time picking a part the screenplay for this film since there is too many choices done that I can’t understand the motivation behind.

There is no atmosphere and the film also looks terrible. You would guess that it was made in the middle of the 1990’s on video instead of being made in 2006. Yeah, its low budget and that means there is limits of what you can expect of course, but that’s not a good enough excuse for this film. Other films that cost less than the $70,000 dollars that IMDB has listed as the budget for this one looks way better and flows better too.

To be a little positive, the girls are mostly very attractive and there are some nudity in this film. I also liked Danni Ravden as the sadistic chick Jenna, even though I didn’t really get her motivations in the film. I think she did well enough on this film to get more work, but it doesn’t seem like she continued pursuing her acting career after this. Director Richard Valentine did another full feature film called The Taken three years later, but after that he has been quiet.

Bloody Mary is both a missed opportunity, but also a smart business move. The title alone will surely sell a decent amount of DVDs, but I’m afraid that most people will be disappointed by this film. I’ll keep watching for future Bloody Mary films, since the legend behind this should one day deliver a great horror film.

 

 ½☆☆☆☆ 

 

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