American Mary (2012)


Jen and Sylvia Soska directs Katharine Isabelle, Antonio Cupo and Tristan Risk in this exploitation horror about the underground surgery scene. 

An unpleasant pleasant surprise. The plot grabs around all over the shop taking in middle class poverty, body modification, rape, romantic gangsters and twist killers. The narrative is a jerky mess. But Ginger Snaps stalwart Isabelle’s central turn is sexy, steely and multilayered. Far better than a visually quirky, troublingly vicious, inconsistently feminist, horror cheapie deserves – she saves the entire gruesome ordeal. Her Mary Mason, with her trademark bangs and rubber apron, should hopefully become a modern horror icon on a par with Herbert West or Ghostface.


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