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American Mary -- Disillusioned with her chosen profession and perpetually broke, medical student Mary Mason finds herself drawn into a shady world of underground surgery and body modification
American Mary -- A medical student who becomes increasingly broke and disenchanted with her field is lured by the promise of easy money into the world of underground surgeries.


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The allure of easy money sends Mary Mason, a medical student, into the world of underground surgeries which ends up leaving more marks on her than her so called "freakish" clients. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Katharine Isabelle ... Mary Mason

Antonio Cupo ... Billy Barker

Tristan Risk ... Beatress Johnson
David Lovgren ... Dr. Grant

Paula Lindberg ... Ruby Realgirl
Clay St. Thomas ... Dr. Walsh (as Clay St Thomas)

John Emmet Tracy ... Detective Dolor

Twan Holliday ... Lance Delgreggo

Nelson Wong ... Dr. Black

Sylvia Soska ... Twin #1

Jen Soska ... Twin #2

Paul Anthony ... Rat

Sean Amsing ... Security Guard

Travis Watters ... Mr. Realgirl
Marius Soska ... Dr. Janusz
Natasha Forry ... Lola
Russ Foxx ... Penis Guy
Rikki Gagne ... Young Blonde
Amus Osaurus ... Dru (as Amy Sovick)
Garrett Girad ... Henrik (as Garett Girard)

Julia Maxwell ... Tessa
Sophie McMullin ... Dancer

Anne Openshaw ... Mother

Connor Stanhope ... Child #1

Sierra Pitkin ... Child #2

Brenda Anderson ... Nana (voice)
Agnes Soska ... Female Officer
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
John Parlett ... Pervert Bar Patron (uncredited)

Directed by
Jen Soska 
Sylvia Soska 
Writing credits
Jen Soska (written by) &
Sylvia Soska (written by)

Produced by
John A. Curtis .... producer (as John Curtis)
Kathryn Griffiths .... executive producer
Tom Raycove .... executive producer
C. Scrivano .... associate producer
Agnes Soska .... co-executive producer
Jen Soska .... co-producer (as Jen)
Marius Soska .... co-executive producer (as Marius)
Sylvia Soska .... co-producer
Angel Towle .... executive producer (as Angela Towle)
Riaz Tyab .... executive producer
Evan Tylor .... producer
Robyn Wiener .... co-producer
Robyn Wiener .... line producer
Original Music by
Peter Allen 
Cinematography by
Brian Pearson 
Film Editing by
Bruce MacKinnon 
Casting by
Ann Forry 
Production Design by
Tony Devenyi 
Art Direction by
Courtney Stockstad 
Set Decoration by
Alyssa King 
Costume Design by
Jayne Mabbott 
Makeup Department
Jon Berezan .... lab technician: MastersFX
Jeny Cassady .... special effects makeup coordinator: MastersFX
Tim Chappell .... key hair stylist (as Timothy James Chappell)
Chris Clarke .... lab technician: MastersFX
Stefania De Benedetto .... makeup trainee
Chris Devitt .... sculptor: MastersFX
Andrea Dulmage .... special makeup effects unit assistant: MastersFX
Céline Godeau .... key prosthetic makeup artist: MastersFX
Jennifer Latour .... makeup effects: prosthetics, MastersFX
Amber Makar .... key makeup artist
Raj Mariathason .... lab technician: MastersFX (as Raj Mariathasan)
Todd Masters .... makeup effects designer: MastersFX
Yukiyo Okajima .... lab technician: MastersFX
Yukiyo Okajima .... sculptor: MastersFX
Erin Peters .... lab technician: MastersFX
Erin Peters .... sculptor: MastersFX
Sarah Pickersgill .... sculptor: MastersFX
Owen Pierson .... key hair stylist
Werner Pretorius .... sculptor: MastersFX
Werner Pretorius .... shop supervisor: MastersFX
Brad Proctor .... foam technician: MastersFX
Lori Sandnes .... makeup effects: prosthetics, MastersFX
Niki Simpson .... first assistant hair stylist (as Nikki Simpson)
Niki Simpson .... first assistant makeup artist (as Nikki Simpson)
Bronwyne Sloley .... lab technician: MastersFX (as Browyne Sloley)
Amelia Smart .... makeup effects: prosthetics, MastersFX
Jason Ward .... makeup effects: prosthetics, MastersFX
Production Management
Tom Raycove .... post-production supervisor
Robyn Wiener .... production manager
John Wittmayer .... unit manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Michael Bishop .... third assistant director
Sara Irvine .... second assistant director
Brad Jubenville .... first assistant director (as Bradley Jubenvill)
Dominik Walaszczyk .... third assistant director
Art Department
Tank Standing Buffalo .... paint foreman
Matt Drake .... art department intern
Matt Drake .... on-set dresser
Janessa Hitsman .... assistant set decorator (as Janesa Hitsman)
Sean Kirkby .... on-set dresser
Jessica Lionheart .... art department intern (as Jessica Lion Hart)
Tom Malenica .... art department intern
Carla Miranda .... lead set dresser
'Ravenous' Randy Myers .... painter (as Ravenous Randy Meyers)
Jim Pate .... props buyer
Sophy Romvari .... art department intern
Brad Shemko .... prop master
Thomas Ward .... art department intern
Sound Department
Scott Aitken .... production sound mixer
Amanpreet Singh Brar .... dialogue editor
John A. Curtis .... post sound supervisor (as J.A Curtis)
Shelby Denison .... dialogue editor (as Shelby Dennison)
Shelby Denison .... foley (as Shelby Dennison)
Shelby Denison .... sound effects: cut effects (as Shelby Dennison)
Chris Hockin .... recordist: ambience
Chris Hockin .... sound effects designer: gore effects
Darryl Marko .... boom operator
Aaron Olson .... adr editing
Aaron Olson .... lead dialogue editor
Devon Quelch .... dialogue editor
Devon Quelch .... sound effects: cut effects
Jarret Read .... sound assistant
Kris Siegers .... adr supervisor
Kris Siegers .... audio post supervisor
Kris Siegers .... sound effects designer
Kris Siegers .... sound re-recording mixer
Julia Wu .... dialogue editor
Julia Wu .... foley
Visual Effects by
Geoff Anderson .... visual effects compositor
Luiza Cipolotti Gurgel .... quality control
Tom Raycove .... computer graphics
Tom Raycove .... playback
Tom Raycove .... visual effects consultant: on-set, Aexcea s3D
Tom Raycove .... visual effects supervisor
Fraser Corbett .... stunt double: Dr. Walsh
Russ Foxx .... stunt double: Dr. Grant #2
Rob Hayter .... stunt coordinator
Jason Ward .... stunt double: Dr. Grant #1
Camera and Electrical Department
Joe Aleck .... dolly grip (as Joey Aleck)
Yves Bernadet .... lamp operator
Richard Boisvert .... best boy electric
Reid Cohoon .... key grip
Marco Correia .... best boy grip
David Crone .... additional camera operator
Rob Crone .... first assistant camera: "a" camera (as Robert Crone)
Nick Curtis .... still photographer
Tony Dean .... data manager (as Tony James Dean)
Tom Decker .... lamp operator
John Dekker .... gaffer
Nicholas Dent .... dolly grip: "b" camera
Glen A. Dickson .... additional camera operator (as Glen Dickson)
Stephan DuVal .... second assistant camera: "b" camera (as Stephen Duval)
Ryan Fehr .... dolly grip
Chad Ferguson .... dolly grip
Duncan Hogg .... lamp operator
Cliff Hokanson .... Steadicam operator
Cliff Hokanson .... camera operator
Bruce Hudson .... generator operator
Randy A. Jablonka .... lamp operator (as Randy Jablonka)
Ellias Katelouzos .... lamp operator
Jared Krenz .... second assistant camera: "b" camera
Joseph Lederer .... still photographer
Robin Lindala .... second assistant camera: "b" camera
Rod Matheson .... camera: behind the scenes
Chris Moone .... first assistant camera: "a" camera (as Christopher Moone)
Shane Nasmith .... grip
Dale Naudi .... second assistant camera: "b" camera
Milton Ng .... grip (as Milton MG)
Dawson Oatt .... grip
Colin Robson .... grip (as Colin Roson)
Ali Salamati .... best boy electric
Joshua Santos .... grip
Jeff Sayle .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
Andrew Towson .... gaffer
Julien Trauman .... camera trainee
Jesse Vance .... second assistant camera: "a" camera
Knesha Yu .... lamp operator
Jesse Vance .... first assistant camera: "a" camera (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Jennifer Heinen .... costumes intern
Mital Shamji .... assistant wardrobe designer (as Mital Gorman)
Sarah Steeves .... on-set costumer
Editorial Department
Anna Farrant .... post-production assistant
Hannah Lenahan .... post-production coordinator
Bruce MacKinnon .... color timer (as Bruce Mackinnon)
Richard Neufeld .... assistant editor
Matthew Bruce Gibbs .... assistant editor (uncredited)
Luiza Cipolotti Gurgel .... assistant editor (uncredited)
Pascal Kammer .... assistant editor (uncredited)
Donovan Kosters .... dcp mastering (uncredited)
Scott A. White .... trailer/teaser editor (uncredited)
Music Department
Peter Allen .... music supervisor
Peter Allen .... musician: piano soloist
Alex Cheung .... musician: cello soloist
John Littlejohn .... musician: violin soloist
Transportation Department
Rob Campbell .... driver
Jamie Cross .... driver
Rob Glen .... transport coordinator
Ersilio Iacuitto .... driver
Brian Keddy .... driver (as B. Keddy)
Derek Keillor .... driver
Ross Martin .... transport captain
Lorraine Stomperud .... driver
Other crew
Trevor Boughey .... security (as Trevor Boughry)
Doran Chandler .... legal counsel: Roberts & Stahl
Michael Craig .... security
Neil Croker .... security (as Neil M. Croker)
J. Curtis .... medical consultant
Leo Desjarlais .... security
Sebastien Dryland .... location production assistant
Kent Fabian .... production coordinator
Lara Fox .... script supervisor
Russ Foxx .... consultant: flesh artist
Kathryn Griffiths .... publicist
Sean Hanlin .... security coordinator
Rick Harasyn .... security (as Richard Harasyn)
Jose Miguel Hiriart .... location production assistant (as José Hiriart)
Cara Hrdlitschka .... stand-in: female (as Cara Lee Hrdlitscha)
Hannah Lenahan .... executive assistant
Stephen Richard Lofstrom .... stand-in: male (as Stephen Lofstrom)
Dayna Mahannah .... location production assistant
Marnie Mahannah .... location production assistant
Alexandre Marinho .... location production assistant
Brett McDermid .... assistant production coordinator (as Brett Mcdermid)
Taylor Milne .... location production assistant
Annie Murphy .... first aid
Annie Murphy .... technician: craft service
Karen Nadon .... production accountant
Allan Plante .... security
Becca Plucer .... location production assistant (as Rebecca Plucer)
Jay Pretula .... key location production assistant
Tom Raycove .... title design
Hauns Rutherford .... security
Himmat Sarkaria .... location production assistant
C. Scrivano .... controller
Chris Shearman .... assistant location manager
Jennifer Strelive .... accounting assistant
Ryan Tanner .... production consultant
Laura May Taylor .... location production assistant
Zoë White .... location production assistant
John Wittmayer .... location manager
Larry Woodhouse .... security (as Larry M. Woodhouse)
Sean Gibson Young .... location production assistant (as Sean Young)
Chad Mathis .... legal services (uncredited)
Bob Adams .... very special thanks
Heather Victoria Adams .... special thanks (as Heather Adams)
Greg Bell .... special thanks
Ed Brando .... special thanks: Client Services, William F. White
Sabrina Chevallier .... special thanks
Rick Clark .... special thanks
Jason Cox .... special thanks
Patrick Dorion .... special thanks
Scott Evans .... special thanks: Hollywood Rentals
Michael Goldberg .... special thanks (as Dr. Michael Goldberg)
Ersillio Iacuitto .... special thanks
Robert Kemp .... special thanks
Dave Kindree .... special thanks
Gary Larmour .... special thanks
Ray Little .... special thanks
Michelle Marton .... special thanks
Rod Matheson .... special thanks: In2It Body Jewelry
Andrew McLean .... special thanks (as Andrew Mclean)
Lawrence Mullins .... special thanks: T-Shirt Graphic Designs by (as Lawrie Mullins)
Fakir Musafar .... special thanks
Jennifer Nation .... special thanks
Hannah Neurotica .... special thanks (as Hannah 'Neurotica' Forman)
Chester Olszowka .... special thanks
Paul Pankrath .... special thanks
Robert Petrovicz .... special thanks: Eureka
Harley Plamondon .... special thanks
Elwood Reid .... special thanks
Eli Roth .... dedication: for
T.J. Silverspoon .... special thanks
Mawhrin 'Andy' Skel .... special thanks: Graphic Designs by
Agnes Soska .... special thanks
Marius Soska .... special thanks
Fay von Schroeder .... special thanks: Forever Puff (as Fay Von Schroeder)
Shannon Wallace .... special thanks
Danielle Wintrip .... special thanks
Crew believed to be complete

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
Rated R for strong aberrant violent content including disturbing images, torture, a rape, sexual content, graphic nudity, language and brief drug use
103 min
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Australia:R (2012) | Canada:18A (Alberta/British Columbia) | Canada:R (Manitoba) | Canada:14A (Ontario) | Canada:16+ (Québec) | Germany:18 | Ireland:18 | Netherlands:16 | New Zealand:R18 | UK:18 | USA:R

Did You Know?

Katharine Isabelle learned how to suture a turkey for her role as Mary.See more »
Mary Mason:I quit med school today, that shouldn't come as a surprise to you. I'm changing specialties Dr. Grant. Have you ever heard of body modification?See more »
Movie Connections:
References Audition (1999)See more »
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23 out of 32 people found the following review useful.
One of the most original horror films of recent years American Mary is a darkly comic gore-fest about revenge and back-street body modification., 14 August 2013
Author: Natasha Harmer from United Kingdom

One of the most original horror films of recent years American Mary is a darkly comic gore- fest about revenge and back-street body modification.

Mary (Katherine Isabelle) is a promising and dedicated medical student who, like all students at one point or another in their studies, falls foul of financial difficulty. Lured into the world of body modification by the handsome prices offered by weirdos with a desire to make themselves more unique, Mary finds a way to continue her studies whilst earning some pretty good money. Wrongly assumed to have become a prostitute by her creepy professor she is invited to a sleazy surgeons party unaware that he has ulterior motives that make her new found profession start to take over her life.

American Mary is one of few horror films that's focus is on the female character's strength. Mary goes from being a hardworking model student to a psychotic body modification surgeon in a seedy strip club where she originally auditioned to work. The transformation from quiet student to headstrong surgical dominatrix after being violated is both empowering and contradictory of the traditional representation of women in horror. Katherine Isabelle is as charismatic as she is beautiful and she completely owns the character. She maintains an air of mystery which makes you constantly question her intentions towards the people she meets and her performance will keep you on your toes.

Darkly comedic and completely twisted American Mary is one damn good reason for women in the media to be more prevalent in the horror genre; there's no fluff in this film, no cliché crap and very little predictability. It has no eye-roll moments of exploitation and Isabelle's performance is empowering for women as well as easy on the eye for the men; a good balance that excludes neither gender from the audience like so many horror films do. The Soska sisters show their love for the horror genre and its brutality but also its more sexy side (which is weird considering all the blood, but there we go!) and American Mary is clearly a labour of love and not just some uncared for cliché torture porn that's been churned out as a money maker. The settings are seedy and dark and the sleazy underbelly of society is well portrayed but in an almost desirable fashion that enables us to see how easy it is for Mary to get sucked in to this world where money comes easily if you're willing to leave your comfort zone.

If you can ignore the occasionally questionable performances American Mary is an all round brilliant horror film that sucks you in to this brutal, seedy, sexy universe for 100 minutes and refuses to let your attention slip. What happens to Mary's professor is as genius as it is disturbing, but you will have to watch to find out for yourself.

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