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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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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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English | Hungarian | German

Release Date:

11 January 2013 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Amerikanka Meri See more »

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Dolby Digital

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Billy Barker was named in tribute to Clive Barker. See more »

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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 »

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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?
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References Jurassic Park (1993) See more »

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I Had To Say Yes
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sung by Janyse Jaud
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Surprisingly Good and fun to watch!
6 April 2015 | by RockPortReviewSee all my reviews

The body modification sub culture is sort of the like the old time carnival freak show. People surgically mold, sculpt and pierce their way into something else but the person on the inside stays the same. The 2012 film "American Mary" features Katherine Isabelle, the breakout star of 2001's "Ginger Snaps", as a Med student who finds herself performing body mod surgeries that she finds out is quite good at.

Being a poor college student Mary Mason answer's a Craig's List style ad for a sleazy strip club owned by an even sleazier younger guy. During her "interview" something goes terribly wrong outside and Mary if offered $5,000 to do some impromptu surgery on some guy. She is freaked out but does it. Word gets around to the underground body mod culture and she is approached by some pretty strange characters to help them finish their work. Isabelle plays Mary perfectly, she is desperate enough too take these strange jobs, but is still grounded and very professional. She provides a desperately needed service to the extremely rich who believe she is an artist who works in the medium of skin.

She is first pursued by Beatrice who has transformed his/her body into Betty Boop. After completing a surgery on her for $10,000, her friend Ruby comes calling next. Rudy is transforming her body to look like an anatomically incorrect Barbie Doll and has a few things cut off and one thing sewn up. The film has a darkly comedic thread throughout. Ruby, Beatrice and the others are all portrayed as good people on the inside, but different on the out. While the exact opposite is true about the other so-called normal people.

Back at school Mary is invited to a swanky party thrown by one of the big shot surgeons, but she has unknowing just stepped into the lions den. She is drugged and raped by the surgeon, but little does he know the unique skills that Mary has recently acquired. Mary exacts swift and painful revenge upon the Doc. Making him her test subject for new procedures, keeping him alive and aware the whole time.

"American Mary" is full of interesting unique characters and well played throughout. It was written and directed by the Soska twins, Jen and Sylvia, who also play parts as customers to Mary. They bring a real sense of authenticity and care to the film, that would have been lost had it been done by anybody else.


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