Saturday, October 05, 2013

31 Days of Halloween - Day 5 - Movie 1

Promising surgical student, Mary Mason turns to the world of underground surgery and body modification initially to pay for medical school and general living costs, but after being raped, as a nasty means of revenge.

American Mary (2012) is unusual and riveting, and a lot less grisly than I was expecting. Katharine Isabelle gives a nuanced and mesmerizing performance as Mary who is matched on screen by a succession of oddball characters with fascinating compulsions. Tristan Risk as Beatress, a woman who has had herself turned into a living Betty Boop, is particularly captivating. My only quibble is that the movie does coast forward for a bit and comes to a rather sudden, and not completely satisfying, stop.

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