American Mary (2012) | The Soska Sisters twisted body horror is a bloody, brutal beauty

American Mary (2012)

Ginger SnapsKatharine Isabelle is utterly seductive as failed medical student Mary Mason, who turns to performing backstreet surgery to pay off her debts. Discovering a talent for body modification, Mary becomes an underground success, with people around the globe paying huge sums to secure her services. But Bloody Mary has a secret – she’s got the man who raped her hanging on a hook by his skin ready for her scalpel to do its work…

American Mary (2012)
American Mary is a clever black comedy horror from Canadian twins Jen and Sylvia Soska. Best known for their anarchic low-budget shocker, Dead Hooker in a Trunk, the twisted sisters impressed the hell out of Cabin Fever director Eli Roth with their Grindhouse homage, so much so that he was instrumental in getting Universal to pump up the cash for American Mary. And it shows. This beautiful brutal beast is a thought-provoking exploration into extreme cosmetic surgery and the body modification subculture; and a moral tale for a modern audience (that surgery is never the answer to your problems).

Tristan Risk's Beatress in American Mary

Slickly shot with a very funny script, and featuring oddball characters that would look right at home in a John Waters film (Tristan Risk’s Beatress is a scream), American Mary is a love letter to Asian and European horror cinema (think Audition meets Eyes Without a Face with a touch of She Freak‘s sideshow circus), and Isabelle’s Mary is a femme fatale who deserves a place in the horror hall of fame.

American Mary gets its UK premiere on Sky from Friday 31 October at 11.45pm, and is also available online, on Blu-ray and DVD from Universal Movies UK

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About Peter Fuller

Peter Fuller is an award-winning print, radio and television journalist and producer, with over 30 years experience covering film and television, with a special interest in world cinema and popular culture. He is a leading expert on the life and career of Vincent Price and actively promotes the actor's legacy through publications, websites and special events.

Posted on October 30, 2014, in Horror, Must See, Must-See and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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