American Mary (2012)

American Mary
Director: Jen Soska, Sylvia Soska
Writer: Jen Soska, 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, Russ Foxx
Seen on: 4.7.2021

Content Note: rape, whoremisia

Plot:
Mary (Katharine Isabelle) is a promising medical student but she struggles to make her student loan payments. Hoping for some quick cash, she decides to apply for a job as a stripper in Billy’s (Antonio Cupo) club. Instead he asks her for an impromptu backroom surgery. At least the compensation is enough to keep Mary over water for a while. When Mary is contacted by Beatriss (Tristan Risk), one of Billy’s employees, for another kind of surgery, she isn’t willing to participate at first, but she can hardly afford to say no to the money Beatriss offers. Soon Mary is deeply involved in the body mod scene.

American Mary has been on my watchlist since about forever, and I finally got around to it, and I’m glad I did, even though I didn’t like everything about it.

The film poster showing Mary (Katharine Isabelle) surgery tools in hand, wearing a mask and an apron over a business outfit.

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Rabid (2019)

Rabid
Director: Jen Soska, Sylvia Soska
Writer: Jen Soska, Sylvia Soska, John Serge
Remake of: Rabid (1977)
Cast: Laura Vandervoort, Benjamin Hollingsworth, Ted Atherton, Hanneke Talbot, Stephen Huszar, Mackenzie Gray, Stephen McHattie, C.M. Punk
Part of: /slash Filmfestival
Seen on: 22.9.2019
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Plot:
Quiet, mousy Rose (Laura Vadervoort) works in the fashion industry as an assistant who dreams of becoming a designer. But when she is disfigured in an accident, her entire life takes a turn. She agrees to participate in a new treatment and the results are astonishing, giving her model looks. Rose would be very happy – if there wasn’t a side-effect for the treatment that she could not see coming.

Rabid is a solid film with good performances, but also a couple of lengths and a weird obsession with “purity”. Overall, it was pretty okay, but didn’t quite get all the way to good.

The film poster showing Rose (Laura Vandervoort), her face covered in bandages,
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ABCs of Death 2 (2014)

ABCs of Death 2
“Sequel” to: The ABCs of Death
Part of: /slash Filmfestival
[Reviews by cornholio and Maynard Morrissey.]

Plot:
Like the first film, ABCs of Death 2 is an episode movie in which 26 directors each got a letter in the alphabet to which they chose a word from which they built their story/short film. The letter M was given to an unknown director through a contest.

Of course there are segments that I liked better than others and some I didn’t like at all, but altogether, I liked ABCs of Death 2 better than The ABCs of Death. Julien Maury – who was a guest at this year’s /slash – told us beforehand that one of the rules they got for their segment was that they shouldn’t use too much toilet humor. Apparently all the directors got that memo and it really does help. Watching 26 short films in a row is certainly exhausting, but since the last few segments are particularly strong, you don’t feel it as much. I really enjoyed myself.

As a warm-up we got to see the M-finalist Le Meat by Austrian Wolfgang Matzl (who also did the fantastic credits animation for the feature) which was really cool, funny and weird. A great way to get started!

[After the jump, I’ll talk briefly about all the segments separately. That includes listing the directors, writers (as far as I could find out who wrote what) and the names of each segment. Since it was fun to guess the titles while watching the film, you might not want to read on if you haven’t seen it yet.]

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