USA Today Reviews American Mary

Soska sisters scare up a vengeful ‘American Mary’ May 29, 2013 Brian Truitt   Identical twin filmmakers delve into body modification for their latest horror tale. Jen and Sylvia Soska are arguably the best identical twins to happen to horror since those creepy girls from The Shining. The 30-year-old Canadian sisters have spent nearly a decade making influential friends and plying their bloody trade on screen as indie filmmakers, and their latest, American Mary (on video on demand now and in theaters Friday), showcases a scare-fest full of modern sensibilities but also one that’s personal for the sibling writer-directors. It’s already gained a bit of a cult status as an overseas release, and “now my local paper wants to talk to me, so that’s really weird. They seem to strenuously avoid trying to talk to me,” says Jen Soska. “I always told my mom that being identical twins who did horror movies would one day pay off. And seven years later, it’s finally getting somewhere,” Sylvia Soska adds with a laugh. American Mary stars Katharine Isabelle as Mary Mason, a young woman who’s quickly figuring out that neither medical school nor her teachers are what they’re cracked up to be. In need of quick cash, Mary becomes immersed in the underground world of body modification (such as those wanting horn implants, a split tongue or filed teeth), finds she has a knack for it and at the same time seeks retribution against professors who’ve found a way to her bad side. Body modification has been an interest for the Soskas ever since they stumbled on a story of twin brothers who swapped limbs,...