November 29, 2012

FrightFest to take 'American Mary' on UK Tour

It would appear that both Universal UK and FrightFest are fully aware of the buzz surrounding The Soska Sisters American Mary, as they are taking it on tour in the UK. The film will be hitting 7 theaters between January 11th and 17th, with each screening having intro and post-film Q&A's with Jen and Sylvia Soska, compered by FrightFest's Alan Jones and Paul McEvoy. Full details can be found below. Universal UK will be releasing American Mary, which stars Katherine Isabelle, on Blu-ray and DVD on January 21st.

Struggling to make financial ends meet while studying to be a surgeon, talented medical student Mary Mason (Katharine Isabelle) finds herself reduced to applying for work at a local strip joint in order to pay off her mounting debts. During her interview, 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, Beatress Johnson (Tristan Risk), 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.
However, the allure of the easy money and the increasingly bizarre work she is commissioned to perform begins to leave a mark on Mary, and when an incident involving the established surgeons she once idolized leaves her traumatised, “Bloody Mary”, as she has come to be known, responds in the only way she knows how.

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".

Jen & Sylvia Soska commented: “After being given an opportunity of a lifetime for a filmmaker by having our first American Mary screening at the fantastic FrightFest, the festival organisers and Universal are doing it again by bringing us out to travel with the film in the UK for its theatrical tour. We are so thrilled to be coming  back where our career first kicked off with the first film and cannot wait to experience the new film with all the filmgoers in the darkened theatres. Looking so forward to meeting you all and seeing you there!”

Katharine Isabelle commented: “American Mary is dark, twisted, smart and beautiful. When I first read Jen and Sylv’s script, I knew it would be an incredible professional adventure. The twins’ ingenuity and wit is just undeniable and I am so excited to share the result with audiences in the United Kingdom this January”.

Full cinema listings:

Fri January 11 - Prince Charles Cinema, London
020 7494 3654,

Sat January 12 - Edinburgh Filmhouse
0131 228 2688,

Sun January 13 - Glasgow Film Theatre
141 332 6535,

Mon January 14 - Sheffield Showroom
0114 275 7727,

Tue January 15 - Hyde Park Picture House, Leeds
0113 275 2045  

Wed January 16 - Bristol Watershed
117 927 5100,

Thu January 17 – Duke’s at Komedia, Brighton 

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