Urban Legends: Bloody Mary (2005)

With nary a connection to the original two movies beyond the title, the third “Urban Legend” entry is the type of sequel that’s given horror movies a bad name. Despite being directed by Mary Lambert (who helmed the two original “Pet Sematary” movies and Madonna’s “Like a Prayer” video), this is low-budget, by-the-numbers amateur hour: The acting is truly terrible, the dialogue is negligible, the plot is muddled and difficult to follow, and the central villain registers no menace at any point. It’s like a made-for-TV remake of the far superior “Hello Mary Lou: Prom Night 2,” with none of the charm, wit and practical effects that made it so memorable. I’m struggling to find anything else to write about it, but even though I watched it just a few days ago I’ve already largely forgotten most of it, up to and including the climax. The only memorable thing about it is a young Kate Mara in the lead role, but the novelty wears off way before the interminable 93-minute running time is over.

Rating: ★ (out of 5)

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