Friday, December 15, 2017

American Mary (2012)

I'll admit, when I saw the name of this film and knew nothing else about it, I was fully expecting an American Psycho rip-off. I am so very glad that I was dead wrong in that assumption!

American Mary is a very twisted story about Mary (Katharine Isabelle), a brilliant-but-broke medical student stumbling into the world of extreme body modification.

The film is very dark and it doesn't quite go in the direction that one would expect for a low-budget shock flick. The character of Mary is not a bloodthirsty fiend and her gradual acceptance of her new role in life is interesting to watch.

Her clients are both unbelievable and entirely too believable at the same time. People like Beatrice (Tristan Risk), an exotic dancer who made it her goal to look like Betty Boop. There's also Ruby (Paula Lindberg), a woman who aspires to become a living doll in every way possible. In fact, piercings are referred to as "vanilla" in this film.

I think what I enjoyed most about this film is the smack of realism to it, right down to the very end. The characters felt very "real", no matter how outlandish they seemed. It's definitely a very darkly beautiful film, and the violence does flirt with going over-the-top whenever it is shown (which isn't often, a decision I tip my hat to the film-makers for leaving a lot to the imagination.)

If you are in the mood for a very creepy film, this may be a good choice for you.

Film Information: American Mary

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