Bloody Mallory Release Date: 17 July 2002 (France) Genre: Action | Comedy | Horror Director(s): Julien Magnat Writer(s): Stéphane Kazandjian & Julien Magnat Starring: Olivia Bonamy, Adrià Collado and Jeffrey Ribier When a film’s synopsis begins with “The Pope has been kidnapped!” you should know that you’re in for something campy from the get go. […]

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Bloody Mallory
Release Date: 17 July 2002 (France)
Genre: Action | Comedy | Horror
Director(s): Julien Magnat
Writer(s): Stéphane Kazandjian & Julien Magnat
Starring: Olivia Bonamy, Adrià Collado and Jeffrey Ribier

When a film’s synopsis begins with “The Pope has been kidnapped!” you should know that you’re in for something campy from the get go.

Sadly, I don’t think many reviewers acknowledged this factoid before popping Bloody Mallory in. Mallory is an incredibly weird, but also quite funny, film that makes for a good take on the roads that “Buffy The Vampire Slayer” opened up.

Mallory (Bonamy), along with a very tall transvestite and a mute child by the name of Talking Tina, head up an elite group that is sworn to eradicate demons from the world. Mallory became a demon hunter after her wedding night turned into a bloodbath. Despite having demon blood coursing through her veins Mallory is still a fighter, and when the Pope gets kidnapped by a group that somehow managed to disappear without a trace, Mallory knows they’re up to no good. Get in, sit tight, and get ready, as Bloody Mallory’s about to kick your ass.

Bloody Mallory is a French film that is redubbed into English. While the bad news is that the dubbing is really bad, the good news is that the film looks pretty good. It’s not the cheap, DV-quickie that I expected thanks to the Lions Gate logo. This is a professionally done movie, and it’s a very good one at that.

To give you an idea of the camp levels we’re dealing with, Mallory sports a head of dyed-red hair, drives a pink hearse, and wears gloves with “FUCK EVIL” on the knuckles. The transvestite she hunts demons with eventually gets into frequent arguments with the Pope. There’s more, but I’d rather not spoil it for you.

The tediousness of the second act that continues into the third was the one element of Bloody Mallory that annoyed me the most. It picks up at random times, but it feels way too lengthy thanks to the claustrophobic nature of the two acts.
DVD: A decent, seventeen minute making of featurette.

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