American Mary


(2012) ★★★

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Ginger Snaps shapeshifter Katharine Isabelle quits med school after  being drugged and raped by her instructors. Now she’s going to be a  surgical specialist – in extreme body modification. “You’re kind of an  artist,” says Tristan Risk, a dead ringer for Betty Boop after  numerous cosmetic procedures. “And no one understands artists.”

Identical Canadian twins Jen and Sylvia Soska (self-styled twisted  sisters) come up cult trumps with a grimly humorous body-horror flick  that’s also an unnervingly strange study of psychosis. It’s a big step  up from their deliberately trashy debut Dead Hooker In a Trunk (2009).

Disappointingly, they followed up American Mary with the T is for  Torture Porn segment of The ABCs of Death 2 and then made the entirely  generic See No Evil 2, with Katharine Isabelle playing second fiddle  to Halloween series survivor Danielle Harris and everyone being  grabbed by Glenn ‘Kane’ Jacobs.

Certificate: 18

Duration: 103min

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