Director Mary Lambert is one of those kinds of talents that one would've predicted to go on to big things. Her work is uneven, "PET SEMATARY 2" being one of her best films. But, she has a style that is her own and she can create real suspense within a framework wherein surprises are typically rare. For these reasons, Lambert has made "URBAN LEGENDS: BLOODY MARY", one of the best surprises within the horror genre of recent memory.
Inspired by the "Urban Legend" wherein if one chants "Bloody Mary" three times in the dark in front of a mirror, something horrible will appear, "URBAN LEGENDS: BLOODY MARY" has more than a fair share of thrilling moments. Sure, there are plenty of sophomoric ones too, but for a film targeted towards late adolescence, this one's far superior to most.
The acting is surprisingly quite good as well, featuring a cast of new actors destined for big things.
COLUMBIA TRISTAR has preserved the film's 1.85:1 aspect ratio with 16:9 enhancement. Colors are generally solid, although there are some scenes that vary in quality. Grain is more noticeable than typical on COLUMBIA TRISTAR releases. Contrast is fine, allowing excellent definition in darker scenes.
COLUMBIA TRISTAR has provided an effective, although not overly aggressive Dolby Digital 5.1 mix. There are some surprising bass effects and the surrounds kick in at just the right spots to enhance the scary atmosphere. Dialogue is always intelligible and free from distortion.
COLUMBIA TRISTAR has included a making of featurette.