American Mary

  • 18
  • Jen Soska, Sylvia Soska (2012)
  • Can
  • 98 min
Film Review
Reviewed By
4 out of 5

A debt-ridden medical student takes up a lucrative sideline in extreme body modification in this pulverising horror from the Soska twins (Dead Hooker in a Trunk). Katharine Isabelle (star of cult werewolf flick Ginger Snaps) gives a terrific performance as trainee surgeon Mary Mason, whose dire financial straits force her to take a walk on the dark side after a visit to a sleazy strip club. She's soon attracting some decidedly unusual clients to sample her skills, until her new-found career is thrown into turmoil by an encounter that sends her on the vengeance trail. The film is dedicated to Hostel director Eli Roth and contains plenty of look-away moments, but the sibling directors' second feature is no gratuitous schlock-fest: it's a thoughtful, well-made piece with plenty of gallows humour and a memorable cameo from the Soskas themselves. It's true the picture tends to meander at the end, but it's anchored by Isabelle's class act as the innocent girl-turned-fearsome female fury.

Plot Summary

A medical student is short of cash, and increasingly disenchanted with her profession and the surgeons she once idolised. Needing some extra cash to make ends meet, she begins performing dangerous procedures in the sinister world of illegal underground surgeries. Thriller, starring Katharine Isabelle and Antonio Cupo.

Cast and crew


Mary Mason
Katharine Isabelle
Billy Barker
Antonio Cupo
Beatress Johnson
Tristan Risk
Dr Grant
David Lovgren
Ruby Realgirl
Paula Lindberg
Dr Walsh
Clay St Thomas
Detective Dolor
John Emmet Tracy
Lance Delgreggo
Twan Holliday
Dr Black
Nelson Wong
Paul Anthony
Twin one
Jen Soska
Twin two
Sylvia Soska


Jen Soska
Sylvia Soska

Other Information

Theatrical distributor: 
Contains violence, swearing and nudity.
Available on DVD and BluRay
Released 11 Jan 2013
Certificate 18