Notable Cast: Katharine Isabelle, Antonio Cupo, Tristan Risk, Soska Sisters
While the Soska Sisters found some cult success in their off beat dark comedy "Dead Hooker In A Trunk," I wasn't sold on the concept enough to go out of my way to see the film. It did, however, earn quite a few critical remarks in the positives that it was enough for me to take notice of them and their career. So when their next film, "American Mary" and the focus of this review, started to garner quite a bit of hype and momentum in the underground horror scene, I was inclined to see what it was about. Boy am I glad I did because "American Mary" just might be the best horror film this year. It's a visceral dive into the nightmarish character of a person spiraling down a dark rabbit hole of body modification and underground activities. While more of dark dramatic character study, "American Mary" rarely falters at it and it drives home a deep horrific feeling of the fear of fate and the darkness of humanity.
Mary Mason (Isabelle) has struggled. Despite being a skilled student and one learning quickly to rise as a surgeon, her money troubles have plagued her. In an unusual twist of events, when she applies to be a stripper for some extra cash on the side she is asked to do an underground surgery to save a man's life - which to her disgust she does. This leads her down a path of underground surgical work that leaves her edging on the brink of darkness waiting for her to take one step too far...
|This might sting a little...|
|Jeepers creepers...where'd ya get those peepers...|
Written By Matt Reifschneider