Bloody Mallory (2002)
By: Devon B. on July 11, 2006  |  Comments  |  Bookmark and Share
Lionsgate (USA). Region 1, NTSC. 1.85:1 (16:9 enhanced). French DD 5.1, English DD 5.1. English, Spanish Subtitles. 94 minutes
The Movie
Director: Julien Magnat
Starring: Olivia Bonamy, Adrià Collado, Jeffrey Ribier, Valentina Vargas, Laurent Spielvogel
Screenplay: Stéphane Kazandjian, Julien Magnat
Country: France
What is it with France? For years, the only interesting horror films coming from there were the works of Jean Rollin. There was the odd transgression, like Baby Blood or La Revanche des Mortes Vivantes (The Revenge of the Living Dead Girls), but as a whole, France was not a horror hotbed. Lately however, we're getting things like Promenons-Nous Dans les Bois (Deep In The Woods), the bloody good Haute Tension, and now Bloody Mallory.

Bloody Mallory opens with the titular character slaying her husband on their wedding night because she's discovered he's a demon. Angry about the change this life-altering event brings into her paradigm, Mallory becomes the leader of a Nick Fury (she even smokes cigars) type commando squad that combats evil. When the Pope is kidnapped, it's up to Mallory and her crew to save him. This is definitely a case of style over substance, but the style here is entertaining.

Bloody Mallory is really more of an action movie with horror elements, but I didn't mind that. It's kind of like France's answer to Buffy the Vampire Slayer, WaSanGo (Volcano High), John Carpenter's Vampires, and Lola Rennt (even if that's mostly about the lead's hair colour) all rolled into one. I also saw similarities to another French actioner, Dobermann, but the film I've decided the best comparison is really the crazed Acción Mutante.

Bloody Mallory sports a nice sense of the comedic, like giving a priest the humorous homonym name of Father Carras. Most of the FX and makeup are quite good, but some lesser CGI hurts the visuals in the latter half. Overall, the film is wild, fun ride, but that's to be expected from a movie with the tagline 'Fuck evil.'
Bloody Mallory is presented at 1.85:1 in a 16x9-enhanced print. There is some slight grain, but the image is sharp, has vibrant colours, and looks really good. The image does soften a bit in some of the odd lighting in the second half of the film, but that is probably intentional.
There are two audio tracks, both in 5.1 mixes. The first is the original French language track, which is a good, strong mix. The dialogue remained clear and crisp, and the sound FX were all well done. The English track is just fucking terrible from the snippets I listened to. The dubbing was often poorly recorded, and the acting was even poorer. Optional subs are available in English or Spanish.
Extra Features
A bit light in the extras, the disc only includes some Lions Gate Films' trailers and a roughly 17 minute making of. The making of is in French with optional subs. Most of it is the usual behind the scenes stuff, but I was interested in the FX aspects presented.
The Verdict
I'll always enjoy any film where the Pope gets the Spanish Inquisition, and Bloody Mallory is a lot of fun in many other areas too. The DVD may not have a lot of bonus material, but it is a quality presentation of a good film.
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