Directed by “Twisted Twins” Jen & Sylvia Soska, Xlerator Media’s American Mary (read our review) hits VOD today iTunes Link Here and will be in theaters on May 31st.
Starring Katharine Isabelle (Freddy vs. Jason, Ginger Snaps), Antonio Cupo (“Bomb Girls”), and Tristan Risk, “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.”
I recently hopped on the phone with Isabelle and we talked about the challenges of portraying such a complex character as well as what it was like to be exposed to all of the freaky procedure in the film. We also talk about her appearance in the now landmark werewolf film Ginger Snaps and how its’ legacy has affected her.
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Back on Monday we unveiled a few stills from BBC’s 10-episode sci-fi series “Orphan Black,” which stars Tatiana Maslany in what seems sort of like an “Alias” meets “Dollhouse” meets Never Let Me Go sort of situation. Now we’ve got a look at a new TV Spot that explores more of the plot as well as quick featurette on the series.
“In “Orphan” Maslany plays a street-wise orphan who witnesses the suicide of a woman whom she learns is her clone. Soon she and other clones realize an assassin is killing them off one by one.”
“Orphan Black” is co-created by writer Graeme Manson (Cube, “Flashpoint”) and director John Fawcett (Ginger Snaps, “Spartacus”). Kevin Hanchard, Michael Mando, Elizabeth Saunders, Maria Doyle Kennedy, and Ron Lea also star. The pilot airs March 30th.
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The werewolf is the most under-appreciated and misused of all of the classic horror creatures. Sure, we get all kinds of movies with werewolves in them, but more often than not those films seem more concerned with mentioning werewolves and then showing some bizarre half-assed approximation of them. Like they’re checking off a box on a list.
Obviously one of the most recent and popular misuses of the werewolf would be in the Twilight films, but dissecting those is like taking candy from a baby and I don’t want to spend too much time on it. Suffice to say – they look more like foxes, transform in the daytime, communicate via telepathy and are generally pretty lame. They’re also prone to jorts, which makes them almost like Native American Incredible Hulks who turn into dogs instead of big green guys.
But it’s not up to some teen franchise to carry the torch of one of our best monsters. That falls under the stewardship of actual horror films. So why do most of them drop the ball so badly? Incompetence certainly plays into it and is probably the biggest factor, but there’s still a lot of people with actual talent out there missing the mark. Why?
One of my theories is that too many of these movies seem overly concerned with adding a unique spin or futzing with the rules. I’m not saying there’s not room for that – any genre should be open to reinterpretation. But there are so few great “classic” werewolf movies that maybe we should concentrate on getting a few more of them under our belts. I think that needs to happen before we can expect any spin or subversion of the genre to have any real impact, because right now we’re spinning and subverting something with such a decentralized compass that it just feels random. For example, if you’re going straight into your Nazi Demon Werewolf movie without even exploring some of the inherent possibilities the creature’s metaphor, you’re doing it wrong.
Let’s talk great werewolf movies. And why The Howling might not be one of them. Head inside for more. READ MORE
Weird. I’ve never seen Jen and Sylvia Soska’s Dead Hooker in a Trunk, one of the blind spots of only being at this jon for nine months so far, but I’ll be checking it out soo. I also like Katherine Isabelle, so I’m already earmarking American Mary, the second feature film from Twisted Twins Productions. The first still looks fairly intriguing.
This film is a psychological horror film described as American Psycho meets The Skin I Live In, but riddled with tons of subtle horror references from some of the most well known cult horror films. “The pic follows the story of medical student Mary Mason as she grows increasingly broke and disenchanted with medical school and the surgeons she once admired. The allure of easy money and notoriety sends Mary into the messy world of underground surgeries that leaves more marks on Mary than her so-called freakish clientele.”
Mary is played by horror veteran Katharine Isabelle, best known from the Ginger Snaps franchise, Freddy vs Jason and Insomnia. Antonio Cupo, Tristan Risk, David Lovgren, Paula Lindberg and Twan Holliday also star. Head inside for the full pic. READ MORE
Is becoming a woman analogous, in some deep psychological way, to becoming a werewolf? Ginger is 16, edgy, tough, and, with her younger sister, into staging and photographing scenes of death. They’ve made a pact about dying together. In early October, on the night she has her first period, which is also the night of a full moon, a werewolf bites Ginger. Within a few days, some serious changes happen to her body and her temperament. Her sister Brigitte, 15, tries to find a cure with the help of Sam, a local doper. As Brigitte races against the clock, Halloween and another full moon approach, Ginger gets scarier, and it isn’t just local dogs that begin to die.