Netflix Pix #5: American Mary

Posted: September 7, 2013 in Movies, Netflix Pix
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American Mary

Stepping out on a limb for you fine folks and recommending a niece piece of ‘body horror’ that just dropped on Netflix Instant.

I saw this a few weeks back on a Blu-ray that had been cooling its heels in my collection for some time.  Direct-to-video horror is always a dicey proposition.  For every 10 or so I watch, there is a true diamond in the rough and that was exactly what I found when I watched this second feature from the twin sisters, Jen and Sylvia Soska known affectionately as The Twisted Twins.  Their first feature, Dead Hooker in a Trunk, is a throwback and homage to the zero budget grindhouse fare they grew up watching and while it wasn’t necessarily to my liking they obviously learned a lot from that experience.

Here they were working with a similarly small budget but whatever money they did have shines on the screen.  Katharine Isabelle plays Mary, a university med student having some difficulty keeping up with her bills.  Desperate for some fast cash, she finds herself in the wrong place at the right time while ‘auditioning’ to be a dancer in a local strip club.  Her medical skills are put to task to help out an associate of the shady club owner and she receives a sizable hush payment.

Her money problems behind her she resumes her normal life but falls victim to some predatory doctors at an after hours party and finds her career derailed.  Emboldened by her actions at the club, she sets down a new path performing back room body modifications all the while seeking vengeance on those who wronged her.

There is some nudity though it’s never TOO gratuitous and, yes, some of the body mod stuff and violence is a little upsetting but it all serves the story quite well.  My only real problem with the flick was the ending where a minor story element from the first act comes back unexpectedly to provide a too tidy, if bloody, conclusion.

Ms. Isabelle is an absolute knockout in the lead role.  It may be one of the best individual performances I’ve seen in a movie in quite some time.  I had seen her in Ginger Snaps (of the cult fave teenage werewolf series) and little else.  I’m hoping that she as well the Soskas keep churning out great films like this one.


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