Bloody Mallory Reel Affirmations 13: Washington DC Gay and Lesbian Film Festival

Date: Friday, 10/17/2003
Time: 11:59 pm

Venue: Visions Cinema
Tickets: $9

Type: Feature presentation
Language: French with English subtitles

Metro Weekly Rating: (1 out of 5)

by Sean Bugg

SOMEONE, SOMEWHERE, at some time, must have asked the question, "What if Buffy the Vampire Slayer were French?"

That person really deserves to go to hell.

Why? Well, let's review.

Bloody Mallory is a French secret agent charged with seeking out and destroying the supernatural and paranormal. As such, she smokes a lot and drives around in her souped-up hearse with her two compatriots: the drag queen Vena Cava and the mute psychic pre-teen Talking Tina. Mallory, you see, became entwined with the demon world on her wedding day when her husband is revealed as a demon and she must hack him to bits like a latter day Lizzie Borden.

Now she's on the trail of demons who have kidnapped the new Pope for the evil angel Abbadon the Dark. Or, perhaps there's more to this Pope than meets the eye. Of course there is! The Pope, you see, talks less like a pontiff and more like that uniquely American preacher Pat Robertson, and you know what that means.

Such ennui! Such je ne sais quoi! Such merde!

As Mallory, Olivia Bonamy spends nearly every moment on screen, looking for all the world like Molly Ringwald having a really bad day. Matters aren't helped much by lackluster editing, clumsy fight choreography, and an annoying herky-jerky style that makes everyone move like Ray Harryhausen skeletons.

But wait! This is supposed to be a comedy, a mordantly witty commentary on religious fundamentalism and sundry other important topics. Point taken, but it would have helped if in the midst of all the comedy something funny actually happened.

We knew Buffy. Buffy was a friend of ours. Mallory, you're no Buffy.

More information

Film Links:
· Reel Affirmations details
· Internet Movie Database
· Official film site

Festival Venue:
Visions Cinema
1927 Florida Ave, NW; Washington, DC 20009. (202) 667-0090. (map)
3 blocks north of Red Line Metro / Dupont Circle station.

You may buy your tickets or passes in advance: Online at or by phone at (800) 494-TIXS (494-8497). Or you may visit the Lincoln Theatre (1215 U Street, NW, WDC); the DCJCC (1529 16th Street, NW, WDC); Lambda Rising (1625 Connecticut Avenue, NW, WDC); or Universal Gear (1601 17th Street, NW, WDC).

For more info visit the official Reel Affirmations website.