Mary arranges to audition at a local strip club -- even comes prepared with a resume -- and subsequently her "interview" is cut short when the owner Billy needs her novice surgeon skills to save a friend after being tortured by a rival gang/mafia/opposing strip club (Billy doesn't offer details and Mary doesn't ask for them). She walks off with $5,000 and wicked street cred.
Some time later our leading lady is tracked down by a woman who has devoted her life to looking like Betty Boop. She's got a girl friend with similar "dollification" desires and recruits Mary to modify her body to her vision of personal completion, the justification being that she wants to look beautiful, like a Barbie doll, but not in a sexual way. It was an interesting addition to the image-conscious state of mind many find themselves involved in every day: I want to look cute, or handsome, or disgusting, and I don't want to be objectified as a freak because I never felt more comfortable with the way I look. In American Mary this translates into a series of body modifications done to men and women to help them feel complete and comfortable in their own skin, even if that wasn't the skin they were born in, and this was the main appeal for me.
|Ooooohhh! Flesh hangings!|
There comes a point where the movie seems to go on cruise-control until the denouement. American Mary was a good kickoff for Horrorthon for me because the title character was a strong person and the huge focus on the body modification subculture.