URBAN LEGENDS: BLOODY MARY
Urban Legends: Bloody Mary is directed by Mary Lambert. There was a brief time at the end of the 1980s when Mary Lambert seemed a promising genre talent, having started in music video and then premiered with the pretentious deathdream film Siesta (1987) and had a modest hit with the Stephen King adaptation Pet Semetary (1989). Unfortunately, Lambert failed to parlay that success to much of anything and spent the rest of the decade making tv movies and the occasional dreary cinematic outing. (See bottom of the page for Mary Lamberts other genre films).
Urban Legends: Bloody Mary is an amazingly silly film. For one, it seems strained in trying to blend the urban legend-motifed slasher theme of the previous two films together with a ghost story, resulting in something that is an awkward mix of either. The plot is predictable one can guess the identity of Willy well in advance. Mary Lamberts set-piece killings are absurd like the scene where the killer turns up the heat on Brandon Sacks tanning bed and it is later opened to reveal a charred corpse; or of Nate Herd urinating against an electric fence and being blown back with smoke coming out of his pants zipper. The silliest of the set-pieces is the one where Audra Lea Keener gets out of bed in her bra and panties, pops a pimple and a spider crawls out and then other spiders keep crawling out to cover the entire room, before she bashes her head into a mirror and stumbles back with a giant shard of broken glass impaled in her forehead then proceeds to tear her face off as spiders crawl out of her brain en masse. The rest of Mary Lamberts thrills and scares are formulaic.
The film is so ill informed that the scriptwriters have never even bothered to find out that Rohypnol was not discovered until the 1970s and not commercially available in the US until well into the 1980s, even though the film has it in use in 1969.
Mary Lamberts other genre films include:- the deathdream film Siesta (1987), the Stephen King adaptation Pet Semetary (1989) and its sequel Pet Semetary II (1992), the psycho-thriller Face of Evil (tv movie, 1996), the teen psycho-thriller The In Crowd (2000), Halloweentown II: Kalabars Revenge (2001), the horror anthology Strange Frequency (tv movie, 2001), The Attic (2008) and Mega Python vs Gatoroid (2011).