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…
The bigger budget here is just lipstick on a pig, and shows how a bad filmmaker won't automatically improve with access to more money. The Soska sisters are terrible storytellers, plain and simple. There is no forward momentum in this film at all, no sense of internal logic, and no cause and effect to link the scenes into a coherent narrative. At no time is there a clear vision, things just pop up randomly as if the Soskas' brainstormed a bunch of cliché situations for their anti-hero and then threw darts at the notecards to decide what would happen to her next. There's a deep-rooted fakeness to these siblings as well, evident in the arrogant way their first two films…
Si, eeeeessssteeee, tuve pesadillas con bety :(
The Soska Sisters' follow up to the delightfully twisted and charming "Dead Hooker in a Trunk" does not fail to impress.
Lead by a phenomenal performance from Katherine Isabelle as well as gorgeous visual effects, this blood splattered undiscovered gem is a must see for horror film fanatics.
It's undeniably strange, but that what makes it so delicious. It's wildly original, covering a topic I have never seen before, quite possibly the most original horror film in recent memory.
Also boasting fantastic practical effects, sleek cinematography, endlessly quotable dialogue, and absurdly well written characters.
The Soska Sisters deliver so much with "American Mary", and yet they leave you wanting so much more, waiting with anticipation for what they're going to do next. It's a modern horror classic.
I know people who found this really #empowering but lol I didn't.
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finally got around to watching this after hearing so many good things.
while i don't think it quite lived up to all the hype it was by no means a bad movie. my only real complaint is the ending, which is quite odd because i usually like a downer ending. i also wasn't a huge fan of the rape/rape investigation angle, it was pretty unnecessary. overall though it was a solid movie.
A young med student struggling with her tuition fees is drawn into the shady world of underground body modification. I do love how twisted this ends up being with how nonchalant it all starts. Great casting choices and a great script really make this one stand out.
This follows a medical student called Mary Mason who ends up using her surgical skills in unusual ways to help fund her education...
I remember there being positive talk about this a couple of years back but I was put off it when I realised it was directed by the Twisted Twins Jen and Sylvia Soska. I'd previously seen their debut effort 'Dead Hooker in a Trunk', but found the title the only good thing about it.
However they seem to have really improved since then as this was a strong entry into the Body Horror sub-genre or, to be more accurate, the Body Modification Horror sub-sub-genre.
The first two thirds were really good, with a great concept and a…
Fantastic horror movie. Must be into gore to enjoy.
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I have my Issues with this movie.
I wanted to absolutely love it because:
1) Katharine Isabelle.
2) Female-lead horror movie.
And while I liked it and enjoyed its premise, I really, really hate the graphic rape scene.
Yes, sexual abuse is an obvious way to make a character completely snap. And she gets her revenge, so it's not like the abusers go unpunished. And yes, the whole movie is pretty graphic.
It's that this is supposed to be a female-driven horror movie, and yet it has multiple scenes where unspeakable violence is performed against women (i.e. Mary's rape, the human doll's mutilation/murder by her husband). The horror genre is not one that is good to women, and I thought…
Contains every horror film made that is not lost and is found on the letterboxd database.
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Horror movies are by far my favorite, so I've decided to make a list with all of them I remember…