Friends often ask me to recommend indie horror films on Netflix Instant. (American Netflix, sorry!) Now I can just send…
Appearances are everything
A young med student struggling with her tuition fees is drawn into the shady world of underground body modification.
Despite the strong reviews and festival buzz I was still rather sceptical about American Mary mainly because I loathed the Soska twins first film, Dead Hooker in a Trunk. I’m pleased to report that this is a significantly more accomplished feature; a female empowerment horror movie with a strong central performance that anchors the film. Mary is a student surgeon struggling to pay her way through school and find her place in a male driven profession. When she is given quick money for a black market operation she opens the door to the odd world of extreme body modification which she embraces after being abused by her teacher.
In its simplest terms this could be described as a rape revenge…
I'm changing specialties Dr. Grant.
Few modern horror movies have memorable protagonists or antagonists. Having both in one film is practically impossible in this day and age, but if you get just one of those it's something special. Like 2009's The Loved Ones (which is a better film), American Mary features a female lead that is not only memorable but easily surpasses everything else in the film as it's biggest strength and the main reason to watch.
Katharine Isabelle, from Ginger Snaps fame, is that female lead as Mary Mason, a medical student that finds her way into the business of extreme body modification. It's an incredibly entertaining performance and probably the best of her career. Her character…
After my utter failure of Cine's Hoop-Tober challenge, it seems slightly ironic that the first movie I watch in November just happens to be a film that would have suited the challenge. American Mary was a bit of an eye-opener for me, a Canadian slasher film with plenty of gore, a few uncomfortable scenes for the squeamish, and a protagonist I actually ended up rooting for.
Katharine Isabelle plays a medical student studying to become a surgeon who is in financial difficulty. Desperate for cash she applies for work in a strip club and during her interview is given an unusual chance to earn a quick $5000. Having written on her application that she was a medical student she is…
Katharine Isabelle plays Mary Mason, a brilliant medical student aiming to become a surgeon who begins performing unorthodox surgeries of extreme body modification so she can pay the bills, although it's clear money is not the only reason why she is doing this; she enjoys it. After her trust has been shattered and thrown in the garbage can she changes into a person who would probably be best kept far away from her surgical instruments.
It's pretty tame considering torture porn standards and many would scoff at the mere association with that genre but it's the closest classification it fits under. I'm pretty fed up with the idea of contrasting disturbing images with classical music; that's how this movie starts…
American Mary is a body horror/revenge thriller/critique of The American Dream that manages to be entertaining throughout despite a plot that meanders in the 2nd half. Props to Katharine Isabelle who gives a hell of a performance while looking absolutely stunning.
1st Mistake I Made While Watching This Film: Eating
2nd Mistake: Continuing to eat.
"Ewww the opening is her seeing and cutting pale raw flesh"
*its just chicken*
*gets disgusted 10 minutes later by real gore*
Anyways, American Mary is an odd little thriller from the Soska sisters that had quite the buzz earlier this year within the horror scene. The film had an abundance of style, gross out moments, sexy characters, weird characters, WTF characters and lacked in virtually everything else....
Katharine Isabelle plays the role of Mary Mason with innocence and cute intelligence at first but as her journey into the world of underground surgery and body mutilation unfolds, she becomes increasingly detached and…
A fun, dark and bloody blend of horror, drama and black comedy, American Mary surprises both in its tone and in its execution. Katharine Isabelle is a marvellously complex lead here.
The gross-out factor in AMERICAN MARY may go all the way up to eleven but equal to that gross-out factor is a highly original script and direction from co-writer/directors Jen and Sylvia Soska, (who also appear in the picture as two very strange twins), that displays real flair as well as a terrific central performance from Katharine Isabelle as the medical student who discovers she has a flair for 'body modification' and uses all of her skills to take revenge on the surgeon who raped her while making a bit of money on the side. This is a black comedy of the blackest kind and it won't be to everyone's taste but in an age when most contemporary horror films are seldom more than torture porn, this displays real smarts. I don't doubt for a minute that the Soskas and their leading lady have quite a future ahead of them.
Having already gained a bit of a cult following in horror circles, twin sister writers and directors Jen and Sylvia Soska more than lived up to their reputation a couple of years back when they made this Asian and European influenced horror that, after a second viewing, could well be deserving of it's status as something of a modern horror classic.
Mary Mason is a medical student struggling financially and seems to be growing increasingly distracted at college. After answering an ad on a job website to become a dancer in a local strip club, she ends up getting involved in stitching up an injured associate of the clubs owner for some easy money and it's this easy money that…
Am I the only one who thought this was just basically Audition except told from the woman's point of view and in English?
I realize that's a generalization and there are many differences, but that's the movie I thought of when I watched this. I love horror movies, but one thing I'm not so good with is movies with graphic torture scenes. The reason those work in Audition and don't in almost every other movie (like Saw, Hostel, The Collector, and this) is that Audition is all about the build up and these other movies give you the payoff right away and over and over.
American Mary is better than most of those other movies because it has a) a…
American Mary follows the story of a medical student who gets her self involved with the world of body modification, only to the extreme - from extending or removing body parts to adding horns (the sort of stuff your average vendor won't do) for money.
I found it to be a very strange movie. Very strange but extremely compelling. So strange and out of place, that I had to keep watching right through to the end. It is only this 'have to watch' factor that has given the movie the rating I'm awarding. I felt the film itself was lacking in something concrete and substantial.
"She's an artist"
The allure of easy money sends Mary Mason, a medical student , into the world of underground surgeries which ends up leaving more marks on her then her so called "freakish" clients
American Mary are a breath of fresh air into the horror genre, the 2nd feature film release by Jen/Sylvia Soska aka The Twisted Twins.
American Mary is a dark, intense film about a Mary Mason (Katharine Isabelle) who is down on her luck while she's going to medical school, finds herself applying for a job at a strip club owned by a man name Billy Barker (Antonio Cupa) who finds Mary interesting because he actually reads over her resume and knows that she…
A solid premise that goes to shit narratively about a third of the way through. Some great ideas try to get seen through the muck of some poorly drawn cliches.
Started out promising with a strong female lead and an interesting insight into the body modification industry but had a stupid ending
Katherine Isabelle takes it to the next level here, and the filmmakers are game for big ideas. The execution is what leaves this one a star or two short of greatness.
Could have been the pilot for a fun series on cable.
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