American Mary

2013

American Mary

Critics Consensus

It suffers a bit from some uneven acting and an underwhelming climax, but American Mary utilizes pitch black humor and striking visuals to deliver gory, freaky thrills for body horror enthusiasts.

61%

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Total Count: 51

52%

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User Ratings: 4,949
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"Twisted Twins" Jen and Sylvia Soska are back with their stunning follow-up to the indie hit Dead Hooker in a Trunk. AMERICAN MARY is the story of a medical student named Mary who is growing increasingly broke and disenchanted with medical school and the established doctors she once idolized. The allure of easy money sends a desperate Mary through the messy world of underground surgeries which leaves more marks on her than the so-called freakish clientele. Appearances are everything. (c) Xlrator

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Critic Reviews for American Mary

All Critics (51) | Top Critics (14)

  • Alt horror about a Seattle surgery drop-out is a mediocre specimen of the Canadian kinky flesh genre of "Antiviral," "Crash" and "Kissed." End credits say "For Eli Roth."

    Jun 27, 2013 | Full Review…
  • Writer-directors Jen and Sylvia Soska don't seem to have their material completely under control, but they've created a worthy entry in the Freaks school of cult cinema.

    May 31, 2013 | Full Review…
  • This is truly a cut above.

    May 31, 2013 | Full Review…
  • Writer-director siblings Jen and Sylvia Soska allow their film to turn slack and unfocused after an enticingly lurid, wickedly tense first half.

    May 31, 2013 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…
  • It's a truly interesting slasher fest; in this one, the heroine gets to be both beauty and beast.

    May 31, 2013 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Combines gore, quiet dread, feminist conviction and a visual classicism, often using a red palette, with impressive, unbelabored dexterity.

    May 30, 2013 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for American Mary

  • Oct 01, 2014
    American Mary has taken the body horror genre to a new refreshing extreme. Mary is a broke medical student who needed money, on an unexpected occasion when she was applying for a stripper job, she discovered she could put her talent of surgery into work. As the operation became more bizarre, Mary sank deeper into the underworld of body modification and its consequence could prove to be deadly. Katherine Isabelle was a really good choice for the role, couldn't see anyone else playing the titular role. I love the indie-esque feel in the film, reminded me a lot of May. The film relied on the dark comedy to keep the plot going but it felt flat at times. The use of music was simply perfect in the film, completely enhanced the atmosphere. Though you don't actually see many graphic details of the surgeries, you can't help but feel sick at what people would do to their bodies. American Mary is a groundbreaking film serves to bring a extraordinary perspective on today's cosmetic industry.
    Sylvester K Super Reviewer
  • Jun 25, 2014
    There is something just so bloody good about a horror film that is nice and gory. "Ginger Snaps" alum Katharine Isabelle returns to the big screen as a medical student named Mary. Barely destitute but desperate, Mary answers an ad for a strip club, but is interrupted to perform surgery for a large sum of money. She begins in this vein as a very innocent and frightened young woman, who doesn't understand the world she is thrust into, but a thirst for revenge quickly spirals her into a realm of darkness and fury. This film screams for me to love it, and I do easily, thanks to its insatiable blood fest, grotesque imagery of surgeries, Katharine Isabelle's cold and conniving performance as Mary, and the exploitative antics onscreen. Her professor (Lovgren) is probably the most gnawing thing about this film, because his behavior is insufferable, and his warped sense of entitlement over his students is just not realistic. I know we're supposed to hate him and that's the reason why he is designed in that way, but he's just so blatant about it. Mary changing to a bloodthirsty horror villain over his crime seemed a bit extreme. The ending was also anticlimactic for the story set up, and came out of nowhere. Otherwise, this film brutally entertains, and does so with all the lust and plasma it can muster.
    Spencer S Super Reviewer
  • May 18, 2014
    The Soska Sisters are twisted indeed. With American Mary, they depict a struggling grad student who gets pulled into the nasty world of body modifications. Neglected and abused by the surgeons she hoped to one day become, Mary creates an American Dream of her own depraved creation, and the resulting film is disturbing, incredibly well acted, and absorbing right through to its anti-climax.
    Edward B Super Reviewer
  • Mar 29, 2014
    Katharine Isabelle stars in the disturbing horror film American Mary. When a med student named Mary Mason runs into financial trouble she starts an underground extreme body modification service, offering a number of unconventional surgeries. Isabelle gives a very strong performance, but the rest of the cast is fairly bland. And, the plot seems to meander without much direction. However, the makeup and practical effects are amazing; though it can get a little gruesome. American Mary has an interesting concept, but it doesn't really go anywhere.
    Dann M Super Reviewer

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