Film4: PREMIERE Friday 30 October, 11pm
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.