“American Mary” Movie Review


Directed by the Soska sisters, the same duo who brought us “Dead Hooker in a Trunk”, this movie showcases Katharine Isabelle as Mary Mason, a budding surgical student entering her residency. Broke and struggling to make ends meet, Mary answers an ad to be a “Go-Go dancer”. Mid “interview” she gets an unusual offer she can’t refuse. That’s when things get weird.

We follow Mary through a mixture of revenge, recovery, a splash of unrequited love, and a downward spiral into what may or may not be insanity, as she endures dehumanizing acts which cause her to leave medical school and enter into the world of underground illegal operations and extreme body modifications.

Kathrine Isabelle gives a wonderful performance, and is reminiscent of a young Rose McGowan (per-plastic surgery) in this role. Her progression from pure repulsion of her own actions to a calm questioning of whether or not she has gone insane make the character oddly endearing, and you’ll find yourself rooting for her to have a happy ending by the time it’s all over and done with.

Jen and Sylvia Soska are proving themselves to be a, hopefully, unstoppable force to be reckoned with in the horror world. The visuals are well done, the story engaging, and even the minor characters get their small stories told, all without feeling like filler. The ladies even make an appearance as a pair of “Dr.” Mary Mason’s extreme body modification clients.

Although I was disappointed with the ending of the film, it is definitely re-watchable, and I would recommend it to any of horror lover.

4 out of 5 stars.


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