at some point or another
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…
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
why did it end like that though
why couldn't she destroy more men???
This was a delightfully dark and twisted tale. The Soska sisters are awesome both as directors/writers and actresses in their superbly creepy movie.
Wonderfully disturbing and difficult to predict. Not a typical scary body horror, but very unnerving. All operations based on real procedures too, which is probably the scariest thing about the film.
Advanced surgery student Mary (Katharine Isabelle) is desperate for money so she answers an internet ad, becomes involved with a seedy strip club owner and then starts making big bucks performing bodily modification on a bunch of wealthy freaks (like a Betty Boop wannabe and a blonde who wants to become a human Barbie Doll with matching anatomy. After being raped by her professor, she begins to go a little mad... I'm not sure there was a point to all this, but I thoroughly enjoyed it. It's quirky, funny and bloody, and Isabelle is great in the lead role.
This is a must see if your not a wuss
It's a structural mess, and the acting could stand to be several magnitudes better. But the extent to which it identifies with legitimate social outcasts is rare and rather special, subverting its own premise of body horror by positing extreme body modification as freedom from restrictive biology--the trans parallels are undeniable, as is the commentary about violent, oppressive social norms. The titular Mary's journey from initial disgust to eventual full-on embrace of grotesque cosmetic surgery is a fantastic arc, even if its done a bit too much in fits and starts to be entirely convincing.
I can eat a cheeseburger and watch people get slashed by axes and chainsaws all night, but when things get medical, with scalpels slicing carefully into flesh and deliberate organ removal, that's when even a creep like me might get the ooks. And I got a few satisfying ooks out of this twisted little story of what happens when one broke med school hopeful (GINGER SNAPS scream queen Kathrine Isabelle, all grown up and doing fine with a Bette Page hairstyle) gets desperate and becomes a weird underworld doctor. She starts out performing an impromptu live-saver operation on the ghastly case of a drug user who looks like he tried to unzip himself out of his own skin. From there…
Like Brandon Cronenberg's ANTIVIRAL primarily, mostly because of the Canadian body horror thing. Like Schoelermann's PATHOLOGY because of the depraved medical angle. Like Weitz's CIRQUE DU FREAK, for surprising new bite of a thrill. You don't want it to be like Kusama's JENNIFER'S BODY but it is a bit. The Soska twins have a little mid-career entertainment, effortless-seeming but keeping in careful balance hot and cool tones. Sort of an interesting revamp of Dexter.
You're dang right she's an artist. And for the first 30 minutes the art was good. After that, once the side stories start flowing freely, I checked out.
Mary is an ace med student who wants to be a surgeon. She has playful sexual banter with her prof and residency advisor. She's a dumbass though and doesn't realize that she can defer her student loans till once she graduates. For whatever reason she's broke even with those fat student loan checks, so she joins the underground illegal freakshow surgery circuit. She's rolling in the dough and finds out that Med school is staffed by rapists and people who masturbate to rape, so she drops out. Everything after that is garbled…
Movies about/starring women. I originally started this list just as a reference for myself, but hopefully others will find it…