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May 31–June 6, 2013

Chicago Premiere

American Mary

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4 stars "A mould-breaking horror movie [that] signals the arrival of a unique talent... American Mary nods savvily to the 'body horror' of Audition and Dead Ringers but still possesses a truly original, deeply disturbing vision"
  —TimeOut London
"A truly singular specimen... smart, gory but never gratuitous, and gloriously female-friendly"
  —Film Comment
Critics' Pick! "This film...combines gore, quiet dread, feminist conviction and a visual classicism, often using a red palette, with impressive, unbelabored dexterity"
  —New York Times
"Weirdly compelling, interesting, dryly amusing yet never mean-spirited... the Soskas have crafted an experience that is thoughtfully restrained and refreshingly nuanced"
  —Twitch Film
4 stars "One of the most original and politically engaged horrors of recent years... sensitive, shocking and funny as hell"
  —Total Film
3 stars Recommended!
  —Chicago Reader

After medical student Mary (the formidable Katherine Isabelle, who excelled as a teen-werewolf in the film Ginger Snaps) finds herself disillusioned with both the poverty of student life and chauvinistic treatment by her peers. She begins to look for an alternative lifestyle that might better reward her surgical skills. A chance encounter at a seedy nightclub opens the door to a lucrative but dangerous side career: performing extreme body modifications for private clients. The allure of easy money and notoriety sends her into the shadowy underworld of illegal surgeries and body modification, leading to horrifying, and yes...bloody consequences!

American Mary is an unexpected blend of bod-mod horror, revenge thriller and psycho-drama, which is enjoyably twisted as well as stylishly directed.

Directed by Jen Soska and Sylvia Soska, 2012, Canada, 100 mins.


  • Fri., May 31 at 7 & 9 pm
  • Sat., Jun. 1 at 5, 7 & 9 pm
  • Sun., Jun. 2 at 1, 3, 5 & 7 pm
  • Mon.-Thurs., Jun. 3-6 at 7 & 9 pm
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