some of my favorites focusing in depth on female characters
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…
I think about Katharine Isabelle pouring blood on herself at least two times a week
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.…
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…
Though it's mired by a few weak performances, Katharine Isabelle's terrific lead and the fully realised analogies that explore objectification and patriarchy via notions of bodily integrity see American Mary through to its bitter end.
i love katharine isabelle and her shitty b list horror movies
are there lots of plot holes? yes. but i would honestly still recommend it
So I have tonsillitis and I went to the doctors and all I could think about while like female physician was checking my throat was Bloody Mary, so I had to watch this film when I got home. Still great the second time around.
'American Mary' is one of those movies that received glowing reviews from horror blogs upon its release, so I was pretty stoked for this flick, truthfully though, after finally watching it I'm not really sure how I feel.
On the one hand this movie is a very original story. The first half hour I was in love with it, Isabelle was knocking it out of the park, it had a touch of dark humour, and the story was shaking up nicely. Around the half way point though things begin to derail ever so slightly, and the story becomes more atypical of the genre.
The problem is that I feel Mary is supposed to be losing it, going completely crazy by…
Unpleasant, ugly and stiff, with a nonsense title
Film 19 in my "52 Films by Women" pledge.
There is no question that co-writers and co-directors Jen and Sylvia Soska show a great deal of ambition with AMERICAN MARY, their blackly comic horror film/character study. Set at the fringes of society and dealing with the subject of body modification, the film is a firmly feminist work which possesses the kind of empathy for its marginalized characters that many horror films lack. That said, there is a clunkiness to the film which prevents it from entirely achieving its goals, with the film becoming rather shapeless the further it ventures into its narrative. With a bit of tightening, this could have been a real home run.
DEFINITELY need to watch this film again as was slightly preoccupied this time around. Imagine my rating will be a lot higher upon a rewatch.
I love Katherine Isabelle, she's great, and the film is well shot, but I thought the script was a complete mess, just sort of lazily moving from one point to the next, there was no forward momentum, no narrative driving force, all leading to a big "uh, okay" shoulder-shrug of an ending.
Movies about/starring women. I originally started this list just as a reference for myself, but hopefully others will find it…