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 you are a goddess.
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.…
The Soska twins' viscerally unsettling, though ultimately unremarkable American Mary typifies contemporary horror cinema’s unpleasant tendencies for style over substance. What begins as a promising one woman showcase that treads in Lucky McKee-esque territory ends stumbling into an insipidly contrived version of I Spit on Your Grave complete with an anticlimactic denouement that smacks of a rush job. But if there’s anything that the Soskas have done admirably well then it’s definitely the inspired casting of indie scream queen Katherine Isabelle as the titular lead, her most memorable role since playing as feisty, sexually repressed Ginger Fitzgerald, Canadian cinema’s greatest contribution to the lycanthrope canon which spawned three outstanding modern werewolf films. Isabelle channels her inner Barbara Steele as part…
Enthralled and captivated from Press Play. Katharine Isabelle is masterful as a talented medical student turned to the not often seen world of body modification. There are definitely some things in American Mary that one will not see in another horror movie. The Soska sisters bring creativity and new ideas of revenge to the genre which is delightful to see.
De regisserende eeneiige tweeling Jen en Sylvia Soska gaat ambitieus te werk in hun poging een obscure subcultuur te belichten. Extreme Body Modification (EBM) is geen alledaagse kost. Medisch studente Mary Mason (Katharine Isabelle uit Ginger Snaps) komt er toevallig mee in aanraking en groeit binnen korte tijd uit tot een expert in het extreem fysiek ombouwen van haar cliënten.
De Soska's laten opzichtig merken fan te zijn van zowel Miike Takashi's Audition als de martelporno van Eli Roth (aan wie de film is opgedragen). Ze filmen de operatieprocedures in eerste instantie vanaf gepaste afstand en hebben een aangenaam gevoel voor zwarte humor. Helaas worden hun goede bedoelingen overschaduwd door onhandige plotwendingen en verliest de kijker gaandeweg grip op Mary's personage. Potentieel interessante thema's worden tekort gedaan door een te snel afgewerkt, onbedachtzaam script.
Uitgebreide recensie: gert01.home.xs4all.nl/americanmary.html
A great movie with a bit of originality. Issabelle is stunning.
The Soska sisters rule.
Is Katherine Isabelle sexy hot? Yes. Is she even hotter in lingerie or that awesome white dress in the final scene. You bet. But is her acting a tad monotone? Sadly, yes.
I actually dug the first part of this film of her being a struggling college student using her gifts to make some much needed money, and even when it became a slight revenge film, I was still there with it.
But at some point it crossed the line into torture porn, especially with the rapist, and I stopped caring about Mary as she has become just as evil as the dudes from HOSTEL for example.
The last 50 minutes or so was a total chore, as I just…
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
"I quit med school today, that shouldn't come as a surprise to you. I'm changing specialties Dr. Grant. Have you ever heard of body modification?"
A great story that is typically non-existent within the horror genre and creepy as hell. Unfortunately, it is weakened by a rushed final act and some so-so performances. Katharine Isabelle is fantastic, though, and I am really excited to see what Jen and Sylvia Soska do next.
Jen and Sylvia Soska are Canadian twin sisters with a twisted penchant for the macabre. This, their second film, started with a intriguing premise of a medical student who dabbles in body modification for rent money. I began to think I was in for a decently acted horror film when the sarcastic female protagonist showed some real charisma early on. Unfortunately it quickly went off the rails to where so much modern horror goes and her emergently sadistic character was never really fleshed out with any skill. 2.75 stars
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