i've noticed when searching for female directors lists on letterboxd that usually the most movies people list is around 20,…
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…
I think about Katharine Isabelle pouring blood on herself at least two times a week
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…
What a lovely twisted surprise.
This film got on my radar through Letterboxd and its ratings and intriguing poster landed it a spot on my watchlist and had me make sure I would read nothing about it.
And that's the way to go really as this is a film that slowly sucks you in and takes you to unexpected places. It is an interesting scrawl through the mind of someone who is slowly losing grasp of reality, and a moral compass.
What this film does right, and this is something most modern horror films should pay close attention to, is that it tries to be its own film.…
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…
*chuckles* "what's that ? I can't hear you with your mouth sewn shut."
Desperate to make ends meet, a promising surgeon ends up taking a one-off job as an extreme body-modifier only to find that her skills and success in the field draws her into the world even further and become increasingly concerned about leaving with her sanity.
This here was quite the disappointing and rather troubling effort. One of the main problems here is the rather overt and extremely clumsy manner in which this one goes about integrating her into the cosmetics field here, which is one of the central parts of the film as a whole. The way of which she gets put into the society, initially as a freak occurrence at a job interview that requires her to take the…
31 horror films. 31 days. 31 countries.
Body horror for a new generation.
I remember really enjoying 'American Mary' the first time I watched it and thought to myself 'Why haven't I given it another viewing?'. I'm so glad I did, because it certainly holds up during a rewatch and I probably enjoy it just as much, if not more the second time round. At the time this was my first introduction to the Soska Sisters (I've since caught up on all of their films) and I certainly wasn't disappointing in their well crafted story and sleek excursion. The body modification angle certainly gives things a fresh and exciting new twist to your standard revenge plot.
Penniless surgery student Mary discovers that there's big money to be made carrying out ethically-dubious body modifications on disturbed individuals, before realising that she can also use her skills to torture the doctors who raped her and other women at a rohypnol party. This begins rather well, as a black comedy, with Ginger Snaps star Katharine Isabelle delivering a funny and deadpan performance in the title role, as she meets a pair of oddballs who've taken their plastic surgery to nightmarish places. However, when it shifts into darker, rape-revenge territory, it started to lose me, not least because every so often we're shunted back to the comic freakery of Mary's body-mod clients (including twins played in high-camp mode by the…
This could have been so good but American Mary gets waylaid by a seemingly premature plot development, a significant lack of imagination (given the fascinating subculture it's supposedly centred on), and a rushed ending that's frustratingly disconnected to everything that came before it. Katharine Isabelle tho - A+
This movie comes really close to being AMAZING. Katherine Isabelle carries it with an excellent performance and it's just quirky and funny enough to be a very entertaining ride and a great rape/revenge story....but then the climax comes out of nowhere in like 3 minutes and then it's over, and it unfortunately leaves you a tad disappointed because the ending is so weak. But the ride there is a lot of fun.
Difícil de calsificar no es gore, no es terror y se acerca mas aun trhiller, pero tiene mucho de enfermiza y sexy. La protagonista evoluciona como el guión y sus pacientes, que mantienen una ambivalencia al buscar su estilo. Transgresora al mostrar por así decirlo las cirugías mas clandestinas y contra natura, sin hacer mofa y realzando la belleza en lo extraño. Si ha esto se añade una venganza para afianzar ese amor por el bisturí y unos personajes muy interesantes, que sin duda podían dar para mas, pues tenemos una muestra de cine bizarro,con un desenlace final para mi demasiado precipitado e ingenuo. De todas maneras ya tenia mi estima ganada, si a unas imágenes sugerentes le acompaña el Ave María.
i love women succeeding in life
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
why did it end like that though
why couldn't she destroy more men???
a list that is trying to contain every horror film made that is not lost and is found on the…
The 2016 (2nd) edition of the list. You can see the original and more info here.
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