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VODetails: 'American Mary'

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by Matt Singer
May 16, 2013 12:05 PM
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"American Mary."
"American Mary."
More and more films premiere on Video on Demand -- if they don't simply bypass a theatrical release altogether. Because VOD reviews are often scarce and hard to find, Criticwire created VODetails, a recurring column to help you figure out whether a new VOD release is worth your hard-earned dollar. This time we're looking at "American Mary," a body horror movie about the world of underground surgeries -- not a drama about the woman who inspired the classic song by The Guess Who.

Directors: Jen and Sylvia Soska

Cast: Katharine Isabelle, Antonio Cupo, Tristan Risk

Criticwire Average: B+ (1 critic)

Synopsis: "'American Mary' is the story of a medical student named Mary who is growing increasingly broke and disenchanted with medical school and the established doctors she once idolized. The allure of easy money sends a desperate Mary through the messy world of underground surgeries which leaves more marks on her than the so-called freakish clientele. Appearances are everything."

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Reviews:

Scott Weinberg, FEARnet:

"Easily one of the most fascinating female-themed horror stories of the past few years."

Eric Havens, Downright Creepy:

"Isabelle's performance adds nuance and vulnerability to a character that demands it."

Rachel Fox, Twitch:

"The Soskas have crafted an experience that is thoughtfully restrained and refreshingly nuanced."

Chris Alexander, Fangoria:

"This is no mere freak show shocker, rather a character study of a girl finding empowerment through increasingly vulgar means."

Dennis Harvey, Variety:

"Doesn't develop all its narrative and thematic ideas to the fullest."

"American Mary" is now available on VOD.

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