This film does indeed count as a Hidden Horror because though it is getting a lot of love in the horror community normal people don’t even know of its existence. Anyway back to “American Mary.” It really is a damn good and well made little film. What’s special about it is that there’s nothing supernatural about it. It is a very realistic kind of horror film.
It’s about a medical student studying to be a surgeon who is having financial problems and ends up doing a back alley plastic surgery for extra money and promises to never do it again. However after getting drugged and raped by her own professor, don’t worry ladies she gets her revenge BIG TIME, she cracks and quits medical school and goes full force into the seedy world of body modification. Once there she thrives at body modification but we see her spiral downward into a emotional staleness and psychological damage though still incredibly likable. We as the audience watch as she goes from a starving student to a whole other person because of what happened to her. Her getting her revenge in a delightfully gruesome way and her foray into body modification surgery.
The directors “the Soska Sisters” do an incredible job at writing and directing in this. It’s incredibly well shot, the placing flows (at least for me) and Katharine Isabelle plays Mary in a realistic way but also incredibly sexy, psychotic, emotionless and in a very likable way for her character. My only real gripe with the film is that the ending is very depressing and comes out of left field. It leaves you in a bum mood, very reminiscent of “Pay it Forward,” but altogether this is one hell of a damn good movie. It can even be seen as feminist movie and a movie portraying people in the field of surgery as people fucked up in the head. Please, out of all the more modern “Hidden Horrors” i’ve posted on here do yourself a favor and see this one as soon as you can. Hopefully you will thank me
-James J. Coker