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…
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…
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.…
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…
My review -- this horror/slasher film title is now on DVD and the statistics are inconclusive based on the fact I cannot find them. The plot from an overview perspective is as follows, the viewers meet this average medical student that has great potential to become a surgeon in the future, but after accepting an invitation to this gathering of medical personnel and then getting druged and then sexually assaulted her life takes on a whole different road where as an uncertified surgeon she performs highly risky surgery on people that want to look different and not forgetting seeking revenge as well. Now from the very beginning I would like to state that in no way shape or form is…
Somewhere between May and Audition. Not the most elegantly-written dialogue, but that doesn't ruin this as a horror movie so much as limit it's value to that of a Clive Barker adaptation. Like a Clive Barker adaptation, American possesses some unsettling emotional content to the story. This isn't the most satisfying horror film, you can give a chance because it's streaming on Netflix. However, as far as socially responsible not-quite-transgressive comedies, it's better than Teeth, but not up to the standard of Lucky Mckee's work, but leaning in that direction as far as stoking the fire of righteous feminine rage. Yes, that is a disappointing climax. Expect to see at least one bloody penis.
Also, those directors seem like hella cute badass people. itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-projection-booth/id421863760?mt=2&i=319822630
this movie is almost too good for its own sake, which is weird to say, but I think its meant to be a gross-out grindhouse b-movie sort of thing, but the problem is they actually do a really good job of introducing a normal woman to the world of illegal surgery and it's all very believable and exciting but then it gets pretty over the top and it's jarring where like oh I forgot I was watching a silly horror movie I thought I was watching a decent crime drama or something, so it ends up feeling like two different movies, specifically what I'm talking about is when she decides to go full Dr. Danko on her rapist and I…
Fantastic film that gets what horror is about. Every part of this movie is masterfully made except a slightly rushed ending.
An interesting, creepy film... until its last 10 minutes which almost ruin the whole thing. Still, there's plenty in the first 90 minutes to recommend it but it's frustrating that it adds up to almost nothing.
Whilst it's slightly refreshing to see a horror film directed by females (as it's always generally been a male dominated genre), this is a messy hotchpotch of style over content and unable to escape it's lynchesque undertones. And I'm hoping the Soska sisters are a bit more normal in real life then in their portrayal here.
Mary, a promising surgical student, gets drawn into the world of underground surgical body modifications, following a rather unpleasant Rohypnol incident at a surgeons party. The problem is the whole thing is a mess, most of the film takes place at the back of a strip club, for a film directed by women, there sure is a lot of misogyny going on here, none…
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An example of so much promise, botched execution in filmmaking. What is this film? Post-Cronenberg body(mod) horror/satire? Revenge thriller? Innocence corrupted story? So many ideas thrown at this film, but nothing sticks, save a watchable performance by Katharine Isabelle in the title role. Twins Jen and Sylvia Soska live the body mod life, so probably filled the film with everything they love just in case they never get to make another film, and, well, good for them. But it's a film that never stays on one level enough to have an impact. Two stars just for showing a world most people don't know, but beyond that...eh.
Excellent! One of the best horror film I've seen thus far AND it had a fantastic female lead! +1
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