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…
This film has a bit of as cult following, but I don't really know why. It's sorta tongue-in-cheek, but not particularly funny. It's not scary. It's not even that visually disturbing considering the subject matter. The story is ridiculous and essentially resolves itself halfway through.
It's not a terrible film. It's just mediocre. If you're looking to kill some time on Netflix, you could do worse.
"The Twisted Twins (Jen and Sylvia Soska) arrived on the horror scene with the uncompromising low-budget effort “Dead Hooker in a Trunk” in 2009. Their sophomore effort “American Mary” is a massive leap forward for the Twins – it is a compelling, horrific female revenge movie with plenty of text and subtext about the limits of beauty, transgressive desires and the need for personal transformation. The film is focused on gifted medical student Mary Mason (Katharine Isabelle) who is struggling with her finances. While looking for a job on the internet she comes across a gig at a sleazy strip-club run by Billy (Antonio Cupo) and while there for an “interview” a violent incident occurs, which results in Billy paying…
Es mala en todos los aspectos posibles, con una trama previsible y profundidad cero, pensada simplemente para victimizar a jovencitas en bragas. Ahora he visto que está escrita y dirigida por dos mujeres, ya se podían haber molestado en alejarse algo del tópico, porque no es que tire de algún tópico del terror de psicópatas de baratillo para machos hetero, es que los tiene todos, y ni siquiera pretende ser irónica.
It was odd, little humorous, but thought it was really great.
I remember coming across this film when I was looking at Sharni Vinson’s IMDb page, I had just seen You’re Next and I was expecting to see her collect an array of awards for her performance, however, she had actually failed to win many awards and had only attained nominations at events like The Frightmeter Awards and Fangoria. Being slightly outraged, I decided to find out why she wasn’t winning these awards I felt she thoroughly earned and deserved. In more or less every award, the same actress had beaten Ms.Vinson, it was Katharine Isabelle, who portrays the lead in American Mary. And knowing that she must have delivered a sublime and excellent performance, I decided to check it out,…
I think there may be something wrong with me. This movie made me feel funny inside
i am in love
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.
Contains every horror film made that is not lost and is found on the letterboxd database.
If there is any…
Horror movies are by far my favorite, so I've decided to make a list with all of them I remember…