Bloody Mary

Bloody Mary

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Bloody Mary is an urban legend about a ghost that is said to appear in a mirror after calling its name three times or more, depending on the version of the story. The legend has been a popular theme for movies, stories, songs and has inspired many fan art and reaction videos on Youtube and other social media. Aside the legend, Bloody Mary is also a popular cocktail containing vodka, tomato juice, and other spices.[4]


As with most folklores, the origin of the Bloody Mary story is lost in time. It is implicated that its origin lies in a ritual that young women had to do at the British islands in the 1700's, the ritual involved using a candle in front of a mirror wherein she would see her future husband. In modern times however, the ritual is just a form of entertainment among children.[1]
illustration of a woman holding a candle in front if a mirror and seeing her reflection next to that of her future husband
While there are many different stories about who Bloody Mary really is, many point to a woman named Mary Worth, who was horribly disfigured in a car crash. Some indicate that it's Queen Mary I of England or Elizabeth Bathory. Others tell of a witch who was burned at the stake and has returned for revenge.[2]


How to "summon" Bloody Mary varies from story to story. Most of them require a mirror. One of the famous ones is coming up to a mirror at midnight while holding a candle and saying "Bloody Mary" 3 times.
Other popular ways to summon her are to say "Bloody Mary i killed your Child.", Or "I believe in Mary Worth."
How the ghost acts also varies in the stories. In one case, she'll attack the summoner. Either cutting their head off, peeling off their face or scratching their eyes out. In other cases she would drive the summoner insane, drag him/her into the mirror or doing nothing at all.
Other possibilities are that the summoner would see deceased relatives or their future partner and children.[3][4]

Curse chain mail

As of early 2008, a chain eMail was circulating, threatening the receiver of being murdered by bloody mary unless he/she would send the mail to 15 others.[6]

Subject: Death By Bloody Mary


You are now cursed. You must send this on or you will be killed. Tonight at 12:00am, by Bloody Mary. This is no joke. So don't think you can quickly get out of it and delete it now because Bloody Mary will come to you if you do not send this on. She will slit your throat and your wrists and pull your eyeballs out with a fork. And then hang your dead corpse in your bedroom cupboard or put you under your bed. What's your parents going to do when they find you dead? Won't be funny then, will it? Don't think this is a fake and it's all put on to scare you because your wrong, so very wrong. Want to hear of some of the sad, sad people who lost their lives or have been seriously hurt by this email?

Annalise [Surname Removed] :She got this email. Rubbish she thought. She deleted it. And now, Annalise dead.

Louise [Surname Removed]: She sent this to only 4 people and when she woke up in the morning her wrists had deep lacerations on each. Luckily there was no pain felt, though she is scarred for life.

Thomas [Surname Removed]: He sent this to 5 people. Big mistake. The night Thomas was lying in his bed watching T.V. The clock shows '12:01am'. The T.V misteriously flickered off and Thomas's bedroom lamp flashed on and off several times. It went pitch black, Thomas looked to the left of him and there she was, Bloody Mary standing in white rags. Blood everywhere with a knife in her hand then disappeared. The biggest fright of Thomas's life.

Warning… NEVER look in a mirror and repeat -'Bloody Mary.Bloody Mary.' Bloody Mary… I KILLED YOUR SON' Is it the end for you tonight! YOU ARE NOW CURSED

We strongly advise you to send this email on. It is seriously NO JOKE. We don't want to see another life wasted. ITS YOUR CHOICE… WANNA DIE TONIGHT? If you send this email to…

NO PEOPLE – You're going to die.

1-5 PEOPLE – You're going to either get hurt or get the biggest fright of your life.

5-15 PEOPLE – You will bring your family bad luck and someone close to you will die.

15 -25 OR MORE PEOPLE – You are safe from Bloody Mary


In the Media

The story of Bloody Mary has inspired many Horror movies, like Bloody Mary, a Movie by Richard Valentine, made in 2006, which follows a group of psychiatric hospital nurses who invoke the spirit of Bloody Mary.[5]
Other movies include: Urban Legend, Candyman, and Dead Mary
On Youtube it has been a great theme for horror videos. Others make spoofs and parodies taunting the spirit. (example shown below)

Search Interest

External References

[1] LoveToKnow – Bloody Mary

[2] halloween-website – Bloody Mary legend

[3] ThoughtCo. (formerly Urbanlegends) – Bloody Mary, about

[4] Liquor – Classic Bloody Mary

[5] IMDB – Bloody Mary

[6] hoax-slayer – Curse chain mail

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I remember this. Some bastard in first grade used to torture me with it.

It's definitely an idea spread from person to person (ie, meme,) but is it an internet meme? I wouldn't say that.


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