Urban Legends: Bloody Mary (2005) Kate Mara, Robert Vito, Tina Lifford, Ed Marinaro, Michael Coe Movie Review

Urban Legends: Bloody Mary (2005)   2/52/52/52/52/5

Kate Mara in Urban Legends: Bloody Mary (2005)

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Sam (Kate Mara) and her friends decide to have a slumber party rather than going to the homecoming night and as they mess about Samantha decides to say "Bloody Mary" three times as in the local urban legend. That night all three girls disappear, kidnapped by three jocks but then are returned, unharmed but shaken by what happened. Following this Sam begins to have hallucinations whilst there is a series of teen deaths and Sam tries to get to the bottom of the urban legend of "Bloody Mary" with the help of her brother David (Robert Vito) as she believes it is connected to what is happening now.

"Urban Legends: Bloody Mary" is one of those movies where you just get a sense that money, time and essentially studio belief in the movie wasn't quite enough to do the story idea the justice that it in fact deserves. Yes I have just said that considering that "Urban Legends: Bloody Mary" is just another horror movie which generally feels like a dozen or more other teen horror movies, using cliches which will be familiar to any horror fan. But the basic idea is good because it combines the urban legend of Bloody Mary, which emerges from the 60s when a teen called Mary died due to a prank and then we have Sam suffering a prank in the present and those responsible getting their grizzly comeuppance but why them.

Robert Vito in Urban Legends: Bloody Mary (2005)

The trouble with "Urban Legends: Bloody Mary" is that maybe those producing the movie thought they could just focus on delivering some teen horror with people meeting grizzly demises such as one jock getting his comeuppance due to peeing on an electric fence. But whilst some might enjoy this side combined with the idea of a vengeful spirit it ends up betraying the storyline which has some creativity to it with the history of Bloody Mary, I won't tell you what actually happened because it is attention grabbing other than she was the victim of a prank pulled by some Jocks.

What also doesn't help "Urban Legends: Bloody Mary" is some of the acting is atrocious. Now in fairness the main actors are not too bad but for some reason everyone in a supporting role seems completely incapable of delivering dialogue in a natural manner. It actually feels like at times you are watching high school kids trying to steal scenes in a school play by flirting with the audience.

What this all boils down to is that "Urban Legends: Bloody Mary" has some nice ideas, it even has some nice scenes of horror. But the final product feels lacking with it ultimately feeling rushed with corners cut when it comes to not just doing the story justice but also when it comes to the acting.