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…
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…
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.…
This movie was pretty much torture porn, without the torture porn. The whole allure of the film seemed to be the fact that it was supposed to be violent and disturbing. A horror movie focusing on gore and erotic allure. This film provided neither. It cut away at any point where the film was starting to get even slightly graphic (With a few exceptions) and did just not deliver on what one would expect from an "I spit on your grave" esk movie.
The plot of the film itself left me confused to begin with. It didn't make a whole lot of sense, and there seemed to be a few inconsistencies. The plot also didn't quite seem to know what…
Started off like it was going to be a revenge flick, a la I Spit On Your Grave, but rather than sticking with retribution, the "victim" used the opportunity to start a fetishist/body modification business. And in that second, any sense of horror went right out the window. When the film finally ended, I questioned why I bothered sticking with it beyond the first 15 minutes.
I had such high hopes for this movie and it was such a let down. The story was good but the execution was lacking. I needed more visuals, more modifications, and better acting.
Heard a lot of buzz about the movie, and I thought I would check it out. Also, it's a movie so I've got to watch it.
It's has flashes of brilliance, but never quite makes that jump into something extraordinary. It's a little bit Dexter, and a little bit Freakshow, with a touch of Hostel.
I love that all the effects were done practically. As much as I love computers, I think they have ruined a portion of the horror genre. The face makeup is great.
Katharine Isabelle is good as the lead, but is missing something to make her memorable. Overall, not a bad outing, and it was nice to see a twist on a tired genre.
This is far from a perfect movie, but I enjoyed it. There was some pretty awful acting by several minor characters, but Katharine Isabelle held the whole thing together for me.
It would've been something special and creative if it didn't try to justify gore and unfocused storytelling in the name of feminism.
good movie. enjoyable
The film starts as a slowish drama but ends up being really sadistic and sick horror gore flick. Liked it overall because it was thouroughly well done, although some parts made me grin and feel funny in the stomach. Quite basic revenge themery here which I don't fully agree, but extreme feminists might like this film more.
The body modification sub culture is sort of the like the old time carnival freak show. People surgically mold, sculpt and pierce their way into something else but the person on the inside stays the same. The 2012 film "American Mary" features Katherine Isabelle, the breakout star of 2001's "Ginger Snaps", as a Med student who finds herself performing body mod surgeries that she finds out is quite good at.
Being a poor college student Mary Mason answer's a Craig's List style ad for a sleazy strip club owned by an even sleazier younger guy. During her "interview" something goes terribly wrong outside and Mary if offered $5,000 to do some impromptu surgery on some guy. She is freaked out…
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With the announcement of the line-up for the 2013 FrightFest Halloween All-nighter, I thought it was about time there was…