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Genre: Horror/Thriller
Starring: Dominique Swain, Jefferson Brown, Maggie Castle, Marie Josee Colburn, Michael Majeski, Steve McCarthy, Reagan Pasternak
Director: Robert Wilson
Rating: NC-16 (Violence and coarse language)
Year Made: 2007




- The Making of Dead Mary
- Evolved Monkey
- Music Video



Languages: English/Japanese/Thai
Subtitles: English/Spanish/
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 Widescreen
Sound: Dolby Digital
Running Time: 1 hr 43 mins
Region Code: 3
Distributor: Origin Entertainment
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For Kim and her college friends it was supposed to be a chill weekend reunion at their favourite lake cabin. But when they begin playing a goulish game called "Dead Mary", they unwittingly unleash a vengeful spirit of a demonic witch that secretly possesss one of them. One by one the friends fall victim to the undead spirit and no one knows who to trust - or who to kill - in this gripping thriller that prove best friends are the best prey.


Coming in at number 3 of the Singapore Dvd Rental chart for dates ending on 27th September, it was intriguing to find out what kind of attraction that Dead Mary have, that could achieve more rental than movies like Jay Chou’s Secret and Disney’s Meet the Robinsons. It spiked this reviewer’s interest even more as Dead Mary was totally undetected in this fanatic movie chaser’s radar. Could it be another undiscovered straight to video gems (such as Seraphim Falls) that been on the rise in the Dvd Rental Market in Singapore or could it be just another “oh it’s horror, I must rent” type of mentality that zombified most of our Singapore audience?

After reviewing the show, my guess would be that it was an automated reaction to the lure of horror in most of the renter’s mind when in comes to choosing this movie. This low budget looking film did has its moment but definitely a long way from it’s peers like Donnie Darko and Cube that went on to create cult fandom.

Ironically, as a supernatural horror thriller, this film never really places much emphasis on the spook factors or ghostly occurrence. After spending one third of the film establishing the various characters’ relationships problems, the supposedly morbid game of Dead Mary was casually introduced without even declaring the penalty of calling out for the vengeful demonic witch. It just seems that this demonic witch has no motivation in doing all this haunting except it was conveniently required in the script. Even the remote cabin location and method of call the evil beings (chant thy name three times) felt so lazily copied from other horror classic that came before (Fiday the 13th or Candyman anyone?).

But then again, there were some parts that were good enough to check out. One of them would be this dialogue from a possessed victim that made a meaningful revelation about people who survive this horrifying event are likely to be haunted by nightmarish memories for life, panning an eternal doom and dread for all those who are involved. There were also a couple of mutilated human body parts scenes that also stood out, specially for a low budget film like Dead Mary which seems to shy away revealing too much of the supernatural elements due to cost constrain.

Bottom line, it’s not a very good horror movie. It spends too much time in focusing on boy-girl relationship matters till a point that the horror elements seem secondary. Perhaps labeling Dead Mary as a drama movie with mild horrified elements would sound more correct. It will make a good training film for those that are too afraid to try horror movies or a film for people to watch at home in a lazy Sunday afternoon.


The Making of Dead Mary (26.14mins)
– Basically this making of consists of the cast speaking about their respective roles and some behind the screen footages. There isn’t really nothing new or interestingly informative that the cast member had to input about their roles since it was already apparent in the movie itself.

Evolved Monkey (4.07mins) – Features a music video for a song that was used in this movie. Personally, it’s a rather forgettable song and music video for an unremarkable film.

Trailers – 3 Trailers are included in this DVD. 2 of the trailers are for Ghost Rider and Perfect Stranger that was shown in our local cinemas this year. The last one is for Pumpkinhead IV: Blood Feud which makes one wonder if it is available in our local Dvd rental shops.


The visual for Dead Mary presented in 1:85:1 Anamorphic Widescreen comes as clean and crisp as movies are expected nowadays. There are English and Thai 5.1 Dolby Digital audio tracks and English, Spanish, Korean, Japanese, Chinese and Thai subtitles to choose from.



Review by Richard Lim Jr


Other titles from Origin Entertainment:

. Spider-Man 3

. Priceless

. Trust the Man

. The Contractor

. Blood And Chocolate

. The Wicker Man

. Wind Chill

. Are We Done Yet?

. Android Apocalypse

. Elizabeth I

. The Proposition

. 3 Needles

. Ghost Rider

. The Pursuit of Happyness

. The Illusionist

. Catch & Release


This review is made possible with the kind support from Origin Entertainment


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