- 1 hr 43 min
American Mary is a Canadian horror movie starring Katherine Isabelle as Mary Mason. Mary is a surgical student with the attendant high student debt. After a traumatizing experience she drops out of medical school and turns to extreme body modifications to pay the bills after stripping doesn't quite cut it. Being known for doing anything that anybody will pay for attracts a special breed of person and a special breed of danger, however. There's plenty of gore and kinky weirdness, black humor and some real thoughtfulness. Mary is performing body modification surgeries that challenge the line of what a person can reasonably consent to. Some of her patients don't get the chance to consent. It is a horror movie after all. One of her main patients has herself permanently altered to resemble a doll. At one point the writer and director, sisters in real life, show up to have their left arms exchanged. Her journey towards self-reliance and personal power holds plenty of feminist overtones amid the blood.