Urban Legends: Bloody Mary (2005)

Mary Lambert has had an interesting directing career. She started in music videos, including “Like A Virgin,” “Borderline,” “Like A Prayer,” “Material Girl” and “La Isla Bonita” for Madonna, “Nasty” and “Control” for Janet Jackson and “The Glamorous Life” for Sheila E. before directing Siesta, two Pet Sematary movies, Mega Python vs. Gatoroid, the video game Double Switch and this, the third of the Urban Legends film series.

This urban legend starts in the late 60’s, as three high school jocks drug and kidnap their prom dates. When one of them, Mary Banner, tries to get away, she’s knocked out and left for dead, locked in a trunk. She’s the Bloody Mary of this film, who causes the main characters to disappear for days when they conjure her.

This film gets rid of the slasher nature of this series and delves into the supernatural while using urban legends of spiders inside pimples and killer tanning beds to commit the murders.

Kate Mara stars in this. You can see her younger sister Rooney, who would eventually be in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, in a small role. Don Shanks, who played Michael Myers in the fifth Halloween film, also shows up.

This movie feels like Prom Night 2: Hello Mary Lou without any of the subversive fun and joy of that movie. In fact, if you’re thinking of watching this, just put that on instead.

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