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Film / Bloody Mallory

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Bloody Mallory is a 2002 French Action Horror Comedy film distributed by Lionsgate.

Mallory is an Action Girl demon hunter working for the Vatican. While battling an attack on some nuns, her team is attacked by the damned. At the same time, the Pope is kidnapped. Seeking vengeance and rescue, Mallory enters a mysterious pocket dimension where she uncovers a conspiracy to bring Hell on Earth.

Can our heroine save the Pope and humanity?

This film contains examples of:

  • Action Prologue: Mallory killing her demon-possessed husband.
  • Asshole Victim: Pope Hieronymus I, the Pope kidnapped by Abbadon, opens his first speech after being elected by ranting about France accepting homosexuality, abortion and contraception as an "Axis of Evil." This is foreshadowing that he's secretly Abbadon the Dark.
  • Attempted Rape: Mallory's team is sent to slaughter via a distraction of ghouls trying to rape nuns.
  • Badass Preacher: All of the Pope's guards are in the clergy in some form.
  • Big Bad: Abbadon the Dark, the Fallen Angel trying to destroy the world.
  • Body Surf: During her coma, Talking Tina uses her psychic powers to possess first a bat, then a large demon thug and then Vena Cava.
  • Claimed by the Supernatural: Inverted; any demon that's killed by a human is stuck in Limbo until the human calls them tack to act as a Spirit Advisor compelled to answer any questions.
  • Complaining About Rescues They Don't Like: When our heroes rescue the Pope, he spends the whole time berating them for not coming soon enough and whining about the fact that his rescues are in his view sinners.
  • Cowboy Cop: Mallory acts like one. She kills monsters for the Catholic Church, defying the religious orthodoxy to the point that the new, fundamentalist Pope was planning to personally disband her group, and flaunting the fact that she's the only option they have to save him.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: Mallory invokes the powers of darkness when she finds holy magic inefficient, but is still firmly a hero.
  • Greater-Scope Villain: Lucifer led the War in Heaven, and Abbadon was subservient to him, but he's been sealed away since the war, with Abbadon working to free him and all his armies upon Creation.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Mallory's demon husband, who tried to kill her in life, discovers a newfound lover for her and helps her save the day in death.
  • Historical Badass Upgrade: Aside from being the archetypal Lady of War, Joan of Arc was a demon hunter here, being considered by Abbadon to be one of the more annoying ones.
  • Historical Rap Sheet:
    • Lady Valentine was one of the many decadent nobles killed in the French Revolution. In fact, it's why she's a disembodied head, due to being at the business end of a guillotine.
    • Adolf Hitler was one of Abbadon's minions, making him responsible for The Holocaust and World War II.
  • Human Resources: Mallory encounters a demon gas station attendant who fills cars up with blood. Abbadon caused this, and he gets other monsters on his side by claiming he'll make the whole Earth like this, but is lying to get them to help him Kill All Humans.
  • Knuckle Tattoos: Invoked with Mallory's fingerless gloves that have "FUCK EVIL" written on them in the style of such tattoos.
  • Improbably High I.Q.: Talking Tina, who is a child, has an IQ of 220.
  • The Legions of Hell: The main antagonists are the armies of darkness, who intend to release the fallen angels and destroy the world.
  • Little Miss Badass: Talking Tina, a mute telepath who can see through animals' eyes and throw grown men with her mind.
  • Losing Your Head: Lady Valentine was a vampire during the French Revolution, and got guillotined, but still lives to the modern day with it sewed back on.
  • Mutual Kill: Mallory has to let the representations of her good and evil kill each other and embrace them both to stop Abbadon.
  • Our Demons Are Different: There's two varieties: Common demons, a nearly Always Chaotic Evil group of humanoid beings, and super demons, fallen angels who are immensely powerful and have enslaved the common demons.
  • Our Ghouls Are Creepier: These are human-demon hybrids who are damned by God, eat the flesh of the dead, and can only reproduce via virgins. When their babies are born, they burst from the mother's stomachs while they're still alive.
  • Our Vampires Are Different: These feed off of psychic energy, and can survive beheadings for centuries afterwards.
  • Pocket Dimension: The baddies make their lair in a small village that they sealed in its own pocket.
  • Politically Incorrect Villain:
    • Abbadon the Dark is incredibly homophobic, transphobic and misogynistic, as indicated by all his dialogue while masquerading as the Pope. He also does Fantastic Racism, viewing humans as vastly inferior to angels to the point of plotting genocide upon them.
    • Being a pre-French Revolution aristocrat, Lady Valentine is super classist, even thinking the taste of commoners' blood is inferior to nobles'.
  • Protagonist Title
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: All the fallen angels except for Abbadon are sealed a way in Hell. Abbadon's goal is to free them to destroy the world.
  • Sinister Minister: Abbadon's plan for summoning the Fallen Angels to Earth involves disguising himself as a mortal and worming his way into becoming Pope. In fact, he's Pope Hieronymus I, and faked the whole plot for his scheme.
  • The Sociopath:
    • Abbadon the Dark, a Fallen Angel who rebelled against God solely because he didn't like humans. Even when disguised as a human, he seems to be incapable of even pretending to be nice, being a massive Jerkass who starts his Papacy by railing against homosexuality, abortions and contraceptives.
    • Lady Valentine is a more high-functioning example, being an aristocratic vampire who gains a near-orgasmic pleasure from blood, and is perfectly willing to destroy the world for her own power, but acting diabolically flirty in every scene she's in.
  • Twofer Token Minority: Vena Cava, Mallory's explosives expert, is a trans girl. In a surprising move for 2002, she's portrayed positively, with the only person who has anything bad to say about her transness being the Jerkass Pope.
  • Villain Teleportation: The baddies can teleport by writing the location they want to go to in blood on a door.
  • Virgin Power: Ghouls have to sleep with virgins to reproduce.
  • We Didn't Start the Führer: Among the portraits of Abbadon's worshippers is Adolf Hitler.
  • Who You Gonna Call?: Mallory is just one of many Anti-Paranormal Commandos, sent by the Vatican to battle the forces of supernatural evil.
  • Your Head A-Splode: Holy water makes demons' heads explode.