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American Mary

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Twisted Twins Jen and Sylvia Soska are back with their stunning follow-up to the indie hit Dead Hooker in a Trunk. AMERICAN MARY is the story of a medical student named Mary who is growing increasingly broke and disenchanted with medical school and the established doctors she once idolized. The allure of easy money sends a desperate Mary through the messy world of underground surgeries which leaves more marks on her than the so-called freakish clientele. Appearances are everything.

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  • Actors: Katharine Isabelle
  • Directors: Jen & Sylvia Soska
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Xlrator
  • DVD Release Date: June 18, 2013
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (180 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #26,389 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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85 of 100 people found the following review helpful By christopher on March 14, 2013
Format: DVD
What happens when life doesn't go as planned? When the simple expectations that we set for ourselves and others fall way below acceptable standards? Many of us end up lost, wandering in a haze of confusion and misdirection that, if left unchecked, can put us on a destructive course that we may never recover from. The real world is cold, harsh, and unforgiving, though we are brought up to believe otherwise. This simple and unwavering fact lies at the core of Jen and Sylvia Soska's new film "American Mary".

Mary Mason is a medical student, a starving medical student more to the point. She is alone in the big city, trying her best to survive her schooling which brings the promise of a well-paying career. She is dedicated and enthusiastic, but also a little bit desperate. The world seems to be closing in on her from all sides, Proctors on one end and bill collectors on the other. With no other alternatives, Mary seeks a job as an exotic dancer, after all, the money's good and more importantly, immediate. Arriving at the low rent and downright seedy strip joint (say "seedy strip Joint" with a New York accent for proper effect), she meets owner Billy Barker, who might as well be wearing a shirt that says scum bucket on it, or so we assume.

Mary is an innocent, in its purest form. She brings a resume to her strip club interview, just in case he might request it. This is the first of many complexities in the film. Usually, its takes a smart and seasoned individual to bother bringing a well-maintained resume with them to a job interview (trust me, that statement is surprisingly and alarmingly true), but it takes an innocent to bring a resume to an interview at a strip club. Not to mention the fact that we have an innocent girl applying to work at a strip club in the first place.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca Brazeale on September 16, 2013
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I really didn't expect it to be as great as I thought it was going to be. I honestly would consider it to be a feminist horror film, as far as horror films go, and it is incredible with how it portrays body modification in terms of how it can horrify and entice the audience. There are a few moments where it feels very strange, in the scenes with the surgeons, but they're supposed to be off-putting and you're supposed to know that something is wrong with them. If you want a rape revenge film that does not sexualize violence against women while focusing entirely on how the woman responds to the rape. It does have very disturbing imagery, so if you are unable to take rape scenes at all or take images of mutilated bodies, then this probably isn't for you. If you can stomach it, it won't disappoint.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful By S. Drury on March 25, 2013
Format: Blu-ray
This is one of the past years most awesome darkly disturbing horror movies, very original and well made by the Soska twins who also star in the movie, Katharine Isabelle is amazing in this film as the lead role, she plays a surgeon who has just got through medical school finding it very hard to make ends meet and gets herself through a series of messed up events becoming an underground body modifier performing unusual requests for cash among other personal vendettas, is very dark and gruesome in everyway and is a pleasure to watch, this is certainly Isabelle's greatest performance and its so good to see her get a role like this, it is scary and very entertaining to watch her, this is a must see for horror fans or anybody into this type of subject matter.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful By S Mata on August 19, 2013
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I would say I am a horror movie fanatic, good or bad I watch it. When I first saw previews for this movie I was intrigued by the lead character, Mary. It seemed pretty badass for a woman to be the lead of a movie where at first (in previews) she is introduced as a slasher surgeon, but as the movie proceeds you find that she isnt some scapulae wielding psychopath, she is a victim at the hands of a instructor, and from there, well you know the saying, "hell hath no fury like a woman scorned". I would say yes, she might get out of hand on a unsuspecting security guard, but the beauty and mystery to her character is so deep.

Twisted Sister Production and Feature!!!! <3 <3 A must see for horror movie buffs.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on September 12, 2013
Format: DVD
This is a decent and interesting idea for a movie. For my money, though, the film makers didn't quite know what to do with it.

Here's the scoop. Mary Mason (Katherine Isabelle) is a money challenged med student poised to be a surgeon. She does a solid for a local strip club owner by sewing up a guy who crossed him. The solid gets her a quick $5,000.00. Word of her work runs through underground channels to people heavy into extreme body modification. She soon becomes a cult hit with that crowd. Meanwhile, one of her professors has invited her to a higher-up party where he proceeds to drug and rape her. She has the skills to deal with him. All this starts to get out of hand.

The Soska Sisters, who helmed this outing, have a good sense of the bizarre. Seeing the makeup on some of the characters, such as Beatress and Ruby Realgirl, is both unsettling and fascinating at once. But nothing is really done to delve into the mindset of that type of person. The sisters do little to raise them above the level of freaks. Then there's the story itself. The set-up is good. Poor med student finds a way to put some serious cash in her purse. At first she's beside herself. Then, she not only gets into the swing of things, she seems to like it and prospers. The incident with her professor almost seems like a sideline and introduces a British accented detective who barely performs a perfunctory investigation. And the Soska Sisters show up as twin sister clients who want something really weird done to "join" them but you don't really see what that something is. Then the end happens way too suddenly and unexpected in a way that seemed tacked on. Like they just needed to wrap things up.

The gore is cool. The acting is decent to good. The directing and other production values are on par with the project. It just needed some serious considerations at the script level.

This isn't a bad watch. There is a lot to like. It just needs a tighter story.
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