American Mary is an upcoming horror film starring Katharine Isabelle who plays a medical student named, Mary Mason. Directed by The Soska Sisters, American Mary is about Mary, a med student who is starting to acquire debts up to her ear. She feels disenchanted with the career path she once chose and the doctors she looked up to. Easy money became a new thing for Mary and this brings her to a world of underground surgeries that will leave a mark on her forever. Check out an early review for American Mary below:
“American Mary – A Film That Calls Attention for Horror Fans
I love horror movies but, in all honesty, very few of them dazzle me. It’s a fantastic genre, yet also one that makes it easy for filmmakers to get lazy. How many slashers and devil children and monsters in the woods can we take? For this reason, I get very,very excited when I see a fright flick with the courage to add something different to the mix. And this is why I want to tell you about American Mary. Directed by twins Jen and Sylvia Soska (whose debut, Dead Hooker in a Trunk, is unseen by me, but won’t be for long), the film is a shocking bit of feminist-themed horror.
Katharine Isabelle gives a dynamic performance as Mary Mason, an attractive young medical student who plans to become a surgeon. She is committed to learning, although her professor gives her a hard time. Broke, and in desperate need of money to pay for her education, Mary applies for a job at a strip club run by Billy Barker (Antonio Cupo). During her interview, an incident happens in the club that requires medical attention. Billy pays Mary $5,000 to perform an impromptu operation. She subsequently gets a reputation for “underground” surgical procedures. Mary travels further down this road – much further – after an unpleasant run-in with some of the doctors at the medical college. Let’s just say that body modifications, both wanted and unwanted, become her specialty.
American Mary is a before/after film, and that’s where it gets its horror from. What I mean is that the first half shows Mary before her transformation. She is smart, but a little meek and perhaps a bit too trusting. As she is thrust into a menacing underworld, the foreignness of it all overwhelms her (and us, as we mentally place ourselves in her shoes). The second half of the movie shows her after a devastating experience taps into her dark side. Suddenly, the underworld that seemed so unpleasant affords her opportunities for both revenge and, in an odd way, success on her own terms. Right after an act of cruelty strips her power away, Mary finds an all-new, terrifying kind of power. Katherine Isabelle effectively conveys this change from the inside, while the Soskas invent cleverly unnerving ways of depicting it from the outside.”
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