Sunday, May 26, 2013

Those Twisted Soskas: AMERICAN MARY

Review by: Lacey Paige

Directors: Jen and Sylvia Soska

Cast: Katharine Isabelle, Antonio Cupo, Tristan Risk, David Lovgren, Paula Lindberg, Clay St. Thomas, John Emmet Tracy, Twan Holliday, Nelson Wong, Jen Soska, Sylvia Soska

XLrator / All Region / Rated R / 2.40:1 Widescreen / DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 / 103 minutes

Extras: Commentary with Directors Jen & Sylvia Soska / The Making of American Mary / Trailer


The first half of 2013 hasn't touted much in the way of exceptional horror. I can't speak for the horror community as a whole, but as it stands, there have really only been two or three titles that have piqued my curiosity. The title that has been sitting at the top of my "Must Sees of 2013" list for quite some time is Jen and Sylvia Soska's American Mary. Boasting a cast of mostly unknowns led by the distinctively lovely Katharine Isabelle of Ginger Snaps fame (I have a major lady crush on her) and a premise that is as far up my alley as any bit of genre fare could be (twisted medical experiments, feminine empowerment, an unpleasant reality suffered by a character that is easy to relate to), I knew right from the get-go that American Mary would be a force to be reckoned with by the end of 2013 when I begin to reflect on the best of the year's genre offerings. I've yet to check out the directorial debut of the Twisted Twins, Dead Hooker in a Trunk, so I didn't have any grounds to compare their second feature on. I will say that everyone who I've talked to who has seen both Death Hooker and American Mary have said that the former absolutely pales in comparison. For a second feature to completely blow its predecessor out of the water is an excellent sign of great things to come, and portrays the evolution of genuine talent.
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