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American Mary (2012)

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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.

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Jen Soska, Sylvia Soska
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Katharine Isabelle ... Mary Mason
Antonio Cupo ... Billy Barker
Tristan Risk ... Beatress Johnson
David Lovgren 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 Marius Soska ... Dr. Janusz
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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. Written by Twisted Twins Productions

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Pain Is Inevitable, Suffering Is Optional See more »

Genres:

Drama | Horror

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong aberrant violent content including disturbing images, torture, a rape, sexual content, graphic nudity, language and brief drug use | See all certifications »

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Official Facebook | Official site

Country:

Canada

Language:

English | Hungarian | German

Release Date:

11 January 2013 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Amerikanka Meri See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The Soska sisters' parents re-mortgaged their house in order to raise money to finance this film. Moreover, both parents make cameo appearances in this movie. See more »

Goofs

When Mary clicks over from Ruby's website rubyrealgirl.com to the body mod site abstrakt.me, the content for abstrakt.me shows in the browser window but the web address in the browser bar still lists a page on rubyrealgirl.com. See more »

Quotes

Lance Delgreggo: Don't you ever devalue what you do, Mary. You make sure they deserve it, and don't waste a minute of your time thinking about them when you're done.
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At the end of the credits, it reads "For Eli Roth". See more »

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References Audition (1999) See more »

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written by David Steele, Saffron Henderson, & Nathan Aswell
sung by David Steele
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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 | by harmernSee all my reviews

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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