MARY, MARY, BLOODY MARY (1975)
Article 3231 by Dave Sindelar
Viewing Date: 4-24-2010
Posting Date: 6-19-2010
Directed by Juan Lopez Moctezuma
Featuring Cristina Ferrare, David Young, and John Carradine
Country: Mexico / USA
What it is: Non-traditional vampire tale
A successful female artist is also a vampire; she drugs her victims, cuts their throats with a knife, and drinks their blood. The police follow the trail of murders and suspect the artist’s boyfriend. Meanwhile, an unknown person who also commits the same type of murders is stalking the artist.
Those drawn to this movie by the third word in the title will probably be satisfied by the blood-drenched finale to the movie, though the first half will probably be a bit of a drag. Those drawn to it by the presence of John Carradine need to know that he left partway through the production and was replaced by a double for the remaining scenes; however, since most of his character’s scenes are action sequences of one sort or another that would have been a big strain on a man pushing 70, I think we would have seen a lot of the double even if he’d stayed on board. At any rate, his appearance is little more than a cameo. Those hoping for a satisfying explanation of the non-traditional vampirism here (they don’t sprout fangs, they aren’t afraid of sunlight, they don’t have to be killed in a special way, etc.) will not get one. Those hoping for some sort of intelligence on the part of the police will be appalled. Those expecting characters to act sensibly should feel free to walk away from this one any time they want to. Those who like zoom shots and bizarre editing will be happy enough. Me, I like a few of the characters, but overall, this one just didn’t trip my trigger. I do like the surreal paintings, though.