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  • Alternative Character Interpretation:
    • While her venom toward Vicki and extravagant bid to win the prom queen vote might indicate a comedic antagonist, there’s a warmth to Kelly’s cheery front of self-confidence, and her hidden insecurity is played poignantly straight. Her fruitless concession to Josh’s price of fellatio in exchange for rigging the votes might have been seen as Black Comedy Laser-Guided Karma for her Speak Ill of the Dead jibe, were it not for her quietly devastated reaction to losing a desperately sought esteem and adulation.
      • Likewise, after Vickie calls her a bitch for speaking ill of Jess, Kelly quickly leaves. Was she ashamed of what she'd said or just frightened by Vicky's anger.
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    • Was Mary Lou always so evil? Or was she more just a typical Alpha Bitch who was driven insane by her tragic death and being trapped as a ghost for 30 years?
    • Was Josh extorting Kelly for sex to rig the votes really serious at first? Later, was actually going through with it a display of his general personality or was he lashing out and projecting towards the popular girls apparently after being stood up by his own date, Monica.
  • Complete Monster: Mary Lou Maloney, from here and the following film, was a popular, if spiteful and manipulative girl in life, but became something much, much worse in death. When she used two boys, Buddy and Billy to become prom queen, and is killed in a revenge prank gone wrong, Mary's spirit awakens years later, killing a pregnant teenager named Jess and possessing her friend Vicki, trapping the latter in a dark world. Mary Lou seeks to become prom queen again, killing everyone who gets in her way; this includes Buddy, now a priest; Vicki's friend Monica; and attempts to seduce Vicki's father in his daughter's body before killing her mother. Mary Lou learns Vicki is now dating Billy's son Craig, and seeks revenge on Billy through his son. Billy is forced to shoot Vicki, causing Mary Lou's spirit to manifest and go on a rampage, during which she attempts to drag Craig into the underworld. When seemingly defeated, Mary Lou possesses Billy with the apparent intent to try to kill Vicki and Craig again. Escaping hell in the following film, Mary Lou kills another one of her ex-boyfriends before seducing and becoming obsessed with a student named Alex. Mary Lou would go on to kill students and teachers for Alex before he rejects her. In retaliation, Mary Lou kills his best friend Shane, framing Alex for the deed and plans on killing his girlfriend Sarah. At the prom, Mary Lou agrees to let Sarah live if Alex agrees to be her prom king for eternity in Hell. When Sarah seemingly rescues Alex, Mary Lou kills Sarah before leaving Alex stranded in Hell.
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  • Crosses the Line Twice: Mary Lou's mocking "confession".
  • Ensemble Dark Horse: For many fans, Kelly and Monica provide the best parts of the movie, with both being liked for being decently complex characters and having some great lines.
  • Evil Is Petty: Is. It. Ever. A vengeful spirit whose sole ambitions are to claim her Prom Queen crown and reap revenge.
  • Evil Is Sexy: Mary Lou, an attractive (both in her original body and Vicki's), promiscuous Depraved Bisexual who gets a full frontal scene while riding around in Vicki's body and trying to seduce Monica in the shower.
  • He's Just Hiding!
    • The pool of blood after Monica is crushed in the locker might have just signified a bad injury given the amount of room in the locker vs how far back the metal was pushed. The fact that her death isn't mentioned later (in universe likely due to happening so soon before the prom) helps.
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    • Kelly's death could have been survivable in real-life (and it didn't look like she was fully impaled either).
    • Finally, while Craig, Vicky and Billy are last seen helpless prisoners of Mary Lou, the fact that she is trapped in hell at the beginning of the next movie could imply that they triumphed over her.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: There was a certain other film made later about a ghost girl named after a famous song. Though in that movie it's a nice ghost.
  • Jerkass Woobie: Kelly can be an asshole, no question. But it's hard not to feel sorry for her seeing how humiliated she is after giving Josh his Sex for Services, and her look of "I went through that for nothing?" when Vicki is announced as prom queen is even worse. While vicious to Vicki and Monica, Kelly's perfectly friendly approach to everyone else, and attempt to bribe Josh to rig the votes, hint a desperation to be liked and adulated. While Josh wryly suggests her higher social station, she seems genuinely fond of him. On reading on the computer screen his price of fellatio, her look of forlorn humiliation further indicates that she does indeed have a heart. On finding she went through with it for nothing, her devastated expression may well provoke a strong urge to hug her.
  • Narm: Mary Lou!Vicki singing "Tutti Frutti" as she telekinetically crushes Monica in the locker.
  • Nightmare Fuel:
    • The opening scene where Mary Lou burns to death, at the time the longest staged burn ever done on film, is incredibly well shot, utterly terrifying and also heartbreaking. Audiences can feel her pain and join in the horror of those witnessing the event.
    • Other high points include Jesse's incredibly violent death, the locker room scene, and that rocking horse with its fucking tongue.
  • Special Effect Failure:
    • For the open matte VHS release, Wendy Lyon is clearly replaced by a phony looking dummy when Mary Lou's corpse crawls out of Vicki's body. It's less of an issue in the widescreen version, where the dummy's head cannot be seen.
    • When Mary Lou's rotted corpse is standing on the gymnasium stage, the edge of the rubber mask the actress is wearing can clearly be seen when she leans her head back.
  • Surprisingly Improved Sequel: Although it can barely be called a sequel, and the first still has a following, Hello Mary Lou manages to be much scarier, better-acted, and less boring than the first. It also takes itself less seriously, and has more fun with its ridiculous premise.
  • Unintentionally Unsympathetic: Mary Lou might have been intended as a Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds, given her Cruel and Unusual Death as well as being trapped as a Vengeful Ghost for decades. Considering, though, that she kills a bunch of innocent people who had nothing to do with her death, seemingly just for fun, it's unlikely the audience will have any sympathy for her by the end.
  • Values Dissonance: Audiences in the Eighties were probably supposed to take Kelly's humiliation after giving in to Josh's demands for Sex for Services as an appropriate comeuppance for a mean girl. Today, it creates sympathy for a character who's probably not supposed to be sympathetic. By the same token, Josh comes off less as a roguish scamp putting one over on a stuck up princess and more like a sexual predator.
    • Although Kelly is written and played with strongly sympathetic elements, and her sadness, hesitation and disgust at both the proposal and failed outcome of Josh's price are Played Straight.
    • Having Mary Lou (who's meant to be an evil pervert type of character) as the only LGBT character in the film isn't likely something that would fly nowadays.
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