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…
Da ich spätestens nach NBC's Hannibal Season 2 ein riesen Fan von Katharine Isabelle geworden bin, kam ich natürlich nicht an American Mary vorbei.
Mary erfindet das Horror Rad nicht neu, aber das Setting um Bodymods ist interessant genug um erfrischend zu sein. Hinzu kommt eine Prise schwarzer Humor und Katharine Isabelle's Stripszenen. Kann man sich anschauen.
Recommended by Joe HerBatman Owenby Jr.
Film Club Score (3.25/5.00)
Starting out well, pleasantly appalling on a sexual level, questioning desire in its many forms, but turns more incoherent with every passing minute, until towards the end the story is just barely present anymore.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
While sporting shiny cinematography, the film features strangely amateurish sound design + editing and, what's worse, spotty acting. Falling prey to the recycled & re-hashed rape-revenge subplot, the story and awkward dialogue don't seem to offer much either.
Take it as just another B-movie with moments of superiority.
The kind of gore I like.
Even better then Dead Hooker. Some brutal torture (which was deserved) scenes. Revenge done the right way
okay, what the fuck xD this whole film is just wrong.
I mean don't misunderstand me - nothing against Body Modification!
I am criticizing how she's working and all that stuff would never work in real life. A "surgery" without anesthesia? Just breath and count from 100 below.. eehm noope srsly that's not how it works.
ooorrr okay I know this is just a movie a fiction but ... orrr xD
ok besides that:
oh man I can't believe what I watched, but damnit, her revenge was creepy but way too cool xD - I definetely get nightmares. xD
Okay I can't organize my thoughts...
Sehr gut. Verliert etwas an Fahrt im letzten Akt, findet aber ansonsten zielsicher den Nerv des Zuschauers.
thank you god for this movie
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