a list that is trying to contain every horror film made that is not lost and is found on the…
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…
Doesn't quite stick the landing, but this is still a fantastic film. The Soska sisters are already showing real visual flair, and this might be the best role Katharine Isabelle has ever had. And she is totally up to it.
Bad horror film is bad horror film
I love this movie so much. I'm almost considering becoming a surgeon because of how much I love this.
Katharine Isabelle could punch me in the stomach and I would thank her. This movie was super fucked and I loved it. It's also Canadian so that's fantastic.
I'm a sucker for women covered in blood that's not their own.
Things American Mary (Sue) will never let you forget are the absolute coolest about American Mary (Sue):
Mary's unimpressed vocal fry, which sizzles like a summer bug zapper with how much smarter she is than everyone else.
Mary's bone-chilling stare, which sends dumb slutty strippers scattering because they know how much cooler and better Mary is than them.
Mary's deadpan, dry-ice responses to everyone around her, who are all either monsters, buffoons, or freaks who can only ever hope to be as cool as Mary is.
Mary's slinky stiletto walk and little black outfits, which emphasize how dark and cool and sexy she is.
Actually, I liked this up until the point at which Mary was raped, and the…
While this is an interesting movie, it is weighed down by its spotty acting and lackluster final sequence.
It’s really, really hard to be a feminist and a horror movie fan. It’s not very often you can enjoy a horror movie where feminist themes are explored. I don’t think we’ll ever find the perfect feminist horror movie, but American Mary is a good start.
Fantastical revenge flick with body-mod theme. Interesting and quite striking visually.
Friends often ask me to recommend indie horror films on Netflix Instant. (American Netflix, sorry!) Now I can just send…
Horror movies are by far my favorite, so I've decided to make a list with all of them I remember…