Saturday, October 20, 2012

The Liberal Dead See American Mary at TADFF

"Hey everyone, Jeff here reporting on the first night of Toronto After Dark 2012! All in all, I’d say it was a great night; though I could’ve done without the rain (more on that in a minute). The Bloor was packed with energetic TAD fans, the beer was flowing, and the movies were both solidly entertaining."

A word of merit to the people who came out to see AMERICAN MARY at TADFF, there was a utter downpour that soaked the horror film fans. Jen, myself, and Antonio Cupo went outside to welcome and thank the fans who came to the screening. Which, also gave us a sexy wet look for the evening - WIN.

"After the first feature wrapped, I spent about 30-45 minutes standing outside in the pouring rain, which was rather cold and unpleasant, but no fault of the festival organizers (Note To Self: Bring larger umbrella tonight!). However, it was totally worth it, as about 20 minutes in, we were greeted by Jen and Sylvia Soska (aka The Twisted Twins), the writer/directors of the next feature American Mary.Not only were they super enthusiastic for two people who were running around in a miserable downpour while wearing short skirts and vinyl."

The only reason Jen and I get to do this, get to continue to do this, is because of the amazing people who line up to see the film, support it, share it with their friends, and get the word out. How would our Canadian Premiere go down?

"After that came the “main event” of the evening, the Canadian premiere of American Mary. If you haven’t heard, the film is about an aspiring surgeon who unwittingly finds herself thrust into the dark world of underground body modification. The film is a far leap in both tone and production value from the Soskas’ first feature, Dead Hooker In A Trunk, it is an impressive sophomore effort with stunning cinematography, a wonderful lead performance from Katharine Isabelle, great practical effects and makeup work, and some delightfully demented scenes. This one comes with a strong recommendation to horror and genre fans, and seeing as the Soskas announced during their introduction that Anchor Bay had just picked up American Mary for distribution in Canada, it sounds like it won’t be long before you get the chance.

Check the whole review here.


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