#227 - American Mary
And 2013 brings us to the conclusion of the My Years in Horror project, and I can’t think of a better movie to end on than American Mary.
You could watch this movie multiple times and still wonder, “what is this?” And I don’t mean that in a David Lynchian “HUH?!” kind of way, American Mary is just so unlike your typical horror film. Clearly there are influences from Frankenstein to May, but Mary is still very much its own thing.
We’ve seen monster movies, we’ve seen someone slowly go insane, but thanks to a dazzling performance from the criminally-underrated Katharine Isabelle, this is something different. Any movie can make the monsters, slay the monsters, or have its protagonist become the monster, but Isabelle’s work takes an often uncomplicated genre and turns it into something much, much deeper.
Lumping it in with other “revenge” films does Mary a disservice as well, as directors Jen & Sylvia Soska take it far beyond that simple trope and deliver the best horror movie of last year. Infinitely re-watchable and as the poster says, “a modern horror masterpiece.”
Viewed on July 26, 2014.