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American Mary [Blu-ray] [2012] [Region Free]
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on 15 February 2013
This is a good film with surprisingly good acting. The plot is a little thin. It may shock some but it is what you don't see that makes it interesting.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 17 November 2014
Awesome film. High recommend.
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on 3 June 2013
I'm going to start this review a little different. I want to begin with copious praise for the people behind the scenes who make the actors/actresses/movies look their best, handle F/X, costumes, music and such. The look and feel of the movie and how it flows (cinematography and editing) are superb and light years beyond the Soska Twins freshman effort ("Dead Hooker In A Trunk [DVD] [2009]").

While their first film is, by their own admission, a love letter to grindhouse films, "American Mary" is their tribute to Asian/European horror films. But even so, the way the people behind the scenes made this film's look really needed a call out. Watching one film and then the other you see a major upgrade in quality and style. I HIGHLY recommend you watch the HD version (currently available region-free from American Mary [Blu-ray] [2012] [Region Free] or in the US shortly (June 18th).

The Soska twins, owners of Twisted Twins Productions, rose to fame (or infamy as the case may be) with the release of their first film "Dead Hooker in a Trunk." While that was raw, edgy and rough, their sophomore effort "American Mary" is mature, polished and darker. The twins have a cameo in the film that's delightfully nutty, though it didn't go where I thought it was going (thought we were about to see twins who wanted to become conjoined, maybe that'll be in the sequel? Call me we'll flesh it out - pardon the pun).

As portrayed by Katharine Isabelle (she of "Ginger Snaps [DVD] [2001]" fame-all kinds of awesome-LOVE HER), Mary is a slow-building storm of surgical terror. We watch her get pushed to the breaking point and respond with the kind of "Kill Bill" snap/revenge streak I always love. She's presented as almost a sociopath throughout. She's generally numb or detached to things around her (loved the scene where she's tested to see how she would deliver bad news to patients). There's humor throughout, but overall sadness lingers over each moment.

As with any film there are quibbles. Things move a little fast at the beginning. I got that Mary had some money issues, who doesn't, but it almost seemed she was took quickly looking into answering questionable online ads for easy money. At some points maybe a little too slow-paced, some of the club scenes with Billy and Mary, his fantasy of her dancing was a little prolonged (ok to be honest that was the best part of the movie...just kidding...so not).

I also didn't realize that the men at the club were afraid of Mary until Beatress told her that (noting a great, great performance by Tristan Risk as a Betty Boop-wanna be). But I have to rewatch as I might have missed some subtle cues prior to that.

I really loved that it's clear these gals did serious research into medical practices, surgery, and body modification. The film was well done so things don't feel phony/fake (often an issue in indie horror). I really appreciate that they reached out to the "body mod" community and their involvement kept this from being a mockery of that world. Instead it's inclusive and honest giving the film a solid core of respect to build the horror onto.

Another direction choice I really loved was the use of "silence" throughout. After the "party" we see Mary get up, riding in an elevator and until the doors of it close there's silence. In the above mentioned scene in the hospital the camera stays with the doctor while she goes in the back to practice giving bad news to families-we see her and them but don't hear them. The constant unnecessary cutting (again pardon the pun) so prevalent in movies is absent here and that's a very welcome thing to me as an avid film watcher. Often silence does more than a lot of unnecessary dialogue and sound f/x.

"American Mary" is not "oh my God" scary, it's not as relentlessly gory or bloddy as you might expect. What it is, is a solid, bar-raising, bad ass indie horror film you won't soon forget. In the hands of anyone else (well four hands I guess) or starring anyone less than someone as great as the always reliable, talented and gorgeous Katharine Isabelle it could have been direct-to-cable junk.

I definitely recommend anyone into indie horror, strong supporters of female filmmakers and women-centered films show their support. The only way the horror genre will survive and evolve is rewarding those out there taking chances and challenging the rest of us.

4 out of 5 stars - it'll put a smile on your face for sure.
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on 3 December 2014
This dvd did hit my expectations and was as advertised, was easy to open arrived on time, and was in good condition through-out.
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on 8 March 2014
Watched this film after dead hooker in a trunk mary slot better a bit gory good story watchable glad certain people got killed
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 1 April 2013
this movie was totaly awesome. freak show deluxe ! loved it.

regarding the bluray

Picture 4,5/5
sound 4/5

audio : english & german DTS hd master
subtitels: english (SDH) & german (SDH)
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on 23 July 2013
OK But not very gruesome. Just a fun well made movie. Woo this movie could not been any better but maybe longer.
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on 17 July 2013
Brought this cause all the hype i heard about it was good film but not as good as expecting worth buying though
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 1 March 2013
A film that is quite promising but does not really deliver on any level. It appears to have a bit of an identity crisis and although clearly a horror I think that it feels more like something that David Lynch or David Cronenberg would come up with if they couldn't really be bothered.

Some of it is great: Mary is a good character and well acted. I would like to have had a bit more development though. I loved the character of Beatress and would have like to have seen more of her, she was rather 'Lynchian' and interesting. The overall look and feel of the film was good and I really wanted it to be a more intellectually challenging and better developed.

I thought the worst thing about this was the policeman. I am not sure he adds anything to the plot and the acting was wooden or just odd. On the plus side I like the pacing of the film very much. I will certainly look out for the Soska sister's future films as one day I think they may come up with a classic. Unfortunately this isn't it.
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on 5 November 2014
yea really enjoyed this movie .But would love the soundtrack cd cant seemto find it anyone help.
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