» Rants: Toronto After Dark: American Mary

Avihayil Genesove

|    Wednesday, October 24, 2012

  • Director: Jen Soska, Sylvia Soska
  • Writer: Sylvia Soska, Jen Soska
  • Starring: Katharine Isabelle, Antonio Cupo, Tristan Risk, David Lovgren, Paula Lindberg, Clay St. Thomas, John Emmet Tracy, Twan Holliday
  • Distributor: Industry Works
  • Running Time: 103 min
  • Genre: Horror, Thriller

Sylvie Soskas (co-director) summed up my feelings perfectly at the Q&A, saying American Mary is “a horror movie you don’t have to turn away from.”

A brilliant med student, Mary, down on her luck and out for revenge, drops out of med school and takes her surgeon skills to the streets by opening a body modification business.  You don’t know what to expect going into this film.  It’s really about alternative lifestyles.  Some paths lead to a better way of life and others will get you into trouble.

I really appreciate the way the filmmakers respected people with body modifications and allowing people to define themselves the way they see fit. The make-up artists particularly did a great job making the body modifications for the film.

My favourite part of American Mary is that it’s creepy, but not disgusting.  I was expecting to see a lot more blood and gore than what was actually shown.  It is a perfectly twisted world and the makings of good cinema.


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