When you look at the best-of horror lists of 2012, American Mary is a standard inclusion. This movie finds its roots in the controversial I Spit On Your Grave and attempts to reach contemporary torture porn audiences by blending in a Hostel flavor. And that attempt is successful.
The resulting film is a humorous, thoughtful, and sickening take on the woman’s revenge trope. Mary is a bright medical student who is raped by one of her professors. The event overwhelms her and prompts her to drop out of med school. Only, she doesn’t fade into obscurity. Instead, she puts her medical training to use performing underground body mod surgeries- and in getting revenge on the professor who did her wrong.