Four friends face the dire consequences of summoning the infamous Bloody Mary.
Over April vacation spent in Solomon’s
Folly, Massachusetts, Shauna’s best friend, Jess, learned how to properly
summon Bloody Mary from her great-aunt Dell. Armed with a letter written by
Mary Worth, a 19th-century resident of the little town, Jess convinces Shauna
and their two friends to attempt to summon the ghost. To Jess’ delight, the
ritual works perfectly: Mary’s decrepit hand scratches behind the mirror
through a thick fog. Underwhelmed with the first sighting, Jess persuades her
friends to try again, and this time, Mary is ready: She climbs right through
the mirror, raking her nails down Shauna’s back. Suddenly the girls are faced
with the threat that Mary might appear in any shiny surface, and Shauna
discovers that the unrelenting, bloodthirsty ghost follows her every move.
Monahan’s depiction of the initial summoning is chilling, but each new
appearance of Bloody Mary reads as more and more hackneyed, swiftly veering
into B-movie territory. A satisfying twist strengthens the ending, but the lack
of character development makes it difficult to feel anything for the girls. The
highest intrigue lies in the snippets of Bloody Mary’s origin story, which is
woefully underused. It’s unclear where the series may go from here.
An urban legend too light on either gore or camp to be any fun. (Horror. 14-18)