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…
American Mary is by far my favorite horror film of the decade. The film centers on our main character Mary Mason played by Katharine Isabelle (Ginger Snaps). Mary Mason is a struggling medical student desperate to make quick cash ends up taking in clients from the extreme body modification community in an effort to solve her financial troubles. This is by far the best story and film I have seen in the decade. Directed by Jen and Sylvia Soska, they sure know how to tell a story and keep viewers hooked from beginning to end. I loved it! Everything about this film is great and beautiful and yes I did say Beautiful! I highly recommend this flick to anyone who loves a good story and great special FX. This film is extraordinary and I'm happy to own this in my horror collection.
Falls apart a bit in the third act, but until then it's a pretty interesting body-horror film that doesn't show much of the body-horror.
Terrific Body horror film, American Mary is a refreshing picture in the horror genre that delivers an intricate concept with some good ideas going for it. The film, though not the greatest horror film in recent memory as many critics have claimed it to be. Nonetheless the film does manage to stand out among the stagnant genre, as it reinvigorates the original ideas that make for a really interesting and memorable experience. Although far from the modern classic that everyone claims it to be, the film manages to be a pleasant treat for fans. The film blends the body horror genre with revenge elements, and it works quite well in the long run. I thought that the film was an…
After a disastrous incident at a party, a young surgical student explores the dark underworld of body modification surgery.
I don't know that I would classify this as horror, per se, although it has some unsettling imagery and visits dark areas. It's more of a disturbing character sketch in which a smart young woman falls into a downward spiral. it's a weird movie and some of the acting is off, but it was compelling enough to keep me watching to the end.
Entretenida aunque algo dispersa.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
I hate torture porn in general. I can now put American Mary as one of the rare few movies that might technically be labeled torture porn but which I nonetheless enjoyed. I believe the big difference between this and say, Hostel, is that the victims deserve it. In typical torture porn, the victims would be hapless tourists, neighbors and so on. The torturers would be the villains and the torture would be done for pain’s sake. American Mary is different; you actually want Mary to succeed. You want her to feel better, to improve, to go through her ordeals. Who she operates on are either willing or scumbags you want to see suffer. You end up rooting for the “villain”.…
"American Mary" is a fine example of what happens when someone who has a strong and narrow special interest try to make a movie out of it. If this was the only movie ever made I would happily admit and cherish the qualities in this poorly acted horror flick. However, that is not the case and as there are so many other movies made I would advise you to stay away.
This story follows a young lady in Med school trailing to be a surgeon. She needs money to pay her student loans and is broke. She one night goes to apply at a strip club and they end up needing her for her medical skills. She then becomes a very well known surgeon for people looking for weird and bizarre treatments. And you get to watch her develop into this emotional less Surgeon.
This movie is crazy. Not only am I talking about the fact that you get to watch her cut people open in extreme detail. But you get to watch the rise and fall of this girl as she slowly marches into Insanity. She losses her mind and at some points questions her sanity. There were some amazing effects, The acting was outstanding. The ending left me wanting more, but in a good way.
Really good movie. Would Recommend.
not a whole lot of plot to this movie and it had potential to be much better than it was.
sadly it was wasted on a cast of about 5 "main" characters and just a overall weak story line.
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…