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By James Whittington, Thursday 29th November 2012
One of the finest horror movies of 2012 is set to open in select UK cinemas courtesy of FrightFest Presents from 11th January 2013 - the viscerally thrilling and darkly seductive American Mary. Additionally, Canadian-born writer/directors Jen and Sylvia Soska, and Mary Mason herself - lead actress Katharine Isabelle (Gingers Snaps) will all be returning to the UK to introduce the screenings.
Ian Rattray of FrightFest Presents commented: "After the fantastic reception both American Mary and the Soska Sisters got at FrightFest, we're immensely proud to be able to partner Universal Pictures UK for the theatrical opening of the film. This is FrightFest Presents' first step into theatrical distribution and American Mary is the perfect fit for us".
Simultaneously beautiful, repulsive, shocking and endearing, Jen and Sylvia Soska's brilliantly original and thought-provoking exploration into the depths of tattoo and body modification subculture is undoubtedly one of the must-see horrors of our time. Featuring a career-best lead performance by Katherine Isabelle in the title role, American Mary seduced audiences at this year's Film4 Frightfest.
Struggling to make financial ends meet while studying to be a surgeon, talented medical student Mary Mason (Isabelle) finds herself reduced to applying for work at a local strip joint in order to pay off her mounting debts, where she is unexpectedly called upon to perform some illegal emergency surgery on one of the club's clients and is instantly rewarded with a significant cash payment. Word of Mary’s scalpel-work soon reaches one of the club's dancers, who approaches her offering to pay handsomely for some off-the-books, extreme body-modification work on a friend. The ensuing surgery is a huge success and Mary's skills soon attract the attention of an underground network of high-paying clientele, all looking for someone to administer procedures and body-mod work unavailable through the usual legal channels.
American Mary UK tour dates are as follows:
Fri January 11 - Prince Charles Cinema, London
Sat January 12 - Edinburgh Filmhouse
Sun January 13 - Glasgow Film Theatre
Mon January 14 - Sheffield Showroom
Tue January 15 - Hyde Park Picture House, Leeds
Wed January 16 - Bristol Watershed
Thu January 17 - Duke’s at Komedia, Brighton
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