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May

"You know when you meet someone and you think you like them... but then the more talk to them, you see the parts that you don't like. And then sometimes you end up not liking any parts at all."

A few stitches onto a piece of yellow cloth followed by a single drop of blood is what opens MAY, one of the best horror films of 2003 in my opinion. You've more than likely seen the advertisement art for the movie before, an ashen faced, blue eyed, red lipped, crimson haired girl with a stare that sends shivers down your spine. MAY is first time director LUCKY MCKEE's supra-bizarre love story of an introverted outcast young girl who, no matter how hard she tries, can't seem to make friends, or at least, make living friends.

This engaging film starts to roll early on as a VERY viewer-friendly rollercoaster ride of sympathy for the unlucky lass MAY (just excellently played by actress ANGELA BETTIS) as she grows up in life, plagued by a terrible facial disfiguration of possessing the head-turning distraction of a lazy eye. She's also one of those type of girls who you probably know in real life that might not seem overly attractive in her general physical appearance but she has a certain curious sexiness to her that's often quite hard to explain to others. MAY casually swaggers into the thick of things as our girl learns the trials and tribulations of heterosexual as well as homosexual love between her potential victims, um, I mean co-workers and would-be boyfriends and girlfriends. But unfortunately, even though her eye is brought to normality due to special contact lenses, MAY's uber-eccentric behavior, for the most part, usually tends to run her perspective mate off before anything can turn into what she hopes will become a long lasting relationship.

MAY's best friend since childhood has always been SUZY, a special doll encased in a glass box given to her by her mother. The doll, who looks pretty fucking scary all by itself, seems to "speak" to MAY, giving her all her much needed advice and guidence on various aspects of life. You'll hear it too with the ever so slow creaking of broken glass. But MAY decides to leave SUZY behind to pursue real flesh and blood friendships. Enter our stud, ADAM (played by SIX FEET UNDER actor JEREMY SISTO), MAY's dreamy love interest, and POLLY (hamming it up by SCARY MOVIE actress ANNA FARIS), MAY's experimental lesbian encounter. But alas, as I said, things never work out for our poor girl and when the final boundary is eventually broke, MAY plunges headfirst into an abyss from which there will be no return. What happens next, you ask? Well, since people aren't 100% perfect, MAY decides to collect the various parts of them that are. So sit back and let the blood flow from here on out. And take my word on this, there won't be a happy ending.

MAY is essentially a nice new take to the whole BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN concept coupled with the outrageous modern gore and sick twisted humor you'd find in BRIDE OF RE-ANIMATOR. And as with any film about the complete and absolute mental breakdown of an already confused and unstable person, the story slowly sinks into somber depravity and despair giving the viewer that sheer overwhelming sense of "something very bad is gonna happen". And when it's all said and done, you'll leave the experience quite dejected and somewhat depressed, and not to mention, yearning for a beverage of the alcoholic persuasion.

They say every person has a great novel inside of them just waiting to be written, well, I think LUCKY MCKEE had a great movie inside of him just waiting to be told on celluloid. And, in my opinion, he certainly got it right with his first shot. As a horror fan, I think MAY hits all it's marks and I can honestly tell you that I'm eagerly looking foward to his next horror movie endeavor.

- DevilMan



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#1 Posted by Juan Rayo on 18 July 2005 (19:24)
Great review, Mr. Hombre Diablo. I just saw this movie by sheer luck, as I had intended to rent it but always left it for other, more interesting (I tought) movies. Last night, while lazily zapping between channels, I came upon MAY.

Ms. Angela Bettis is striking in this movie, she is the reason I stopped all my senseless changing of channels and decided to give this one a go. Her face lits up luminously and her eyes are like those of a VERY curious child, it seems like she is discovering EVERYTHING in this world as a whole new experience, and indeed she is. She had me from the very start, a nice, quiet and at the same time powerful performance. The movie never slows down, its quite nicely paced, and while I don't think it has any "scares" or overly violent scenes as such, not even a sense of foreboding, it digs deep into the psicology of its subject (the rather disturbed May) and builds from there.

When the blood started flowing, it had a surreal, painless and comical look to the whole proccess. Hardly the stuff of gore hunters, I think, even if there is plenty of it. The very end scene is great, as reality and, well, the crazyness of May's mind blur and one it's not sure if he is witnessing a real, honest to god supernatural event or if she has managed to carry us into her illusions.

All the while, even as she starts a very memorable killing rampage, May is a sympatethic figure, and I found myself surprised while thinking: "I would date this girl, she seems nice enough" . As some of the movie characters learned, that is just not wise.

All in all, a nice little horror movie.
#2 Posted by DevilMan on 18 August 2005 (20:04)
Good news for ANGELA BETTIS fans, read on from FANGO...

QUOTE Lucky McKee, who's eagerly awaiting his release of The Woods, has begun casting on Sick Girl, the tale of two lesbian lovers "and the bug that gets between them," McKee tells Fangoria.

KNB's stepping up to the effects plate to create the meddlesome insect.

As for casting, it's really no shock that May star Angela Bettis will play Girl's leading lady. What is a surprise to me, however, is that McKee has also snatched up Erin Brown, a.k.a. Misty Mundae.


Cool! SCOTT will certainly be happy to hear that his MISTY MUNDAE has another movie lined up.

-Steve
#3 Posted by Juan Rayo on 19 August 2005 (22:16)
QUOTE Originally posted by DevilMan@Aug 19 2005, 01:04 AM
Good news for ANGELA BETTIS fans, read on from FANGO...

Lucky McKee, who's eagerly awaiting his release of The Woods, has begun casting on Sick Girl, the tale of two lesbian lovers "and the bug that gets between them," McKee tells Fangoria.

KNB's stepping up to the effects plate to create the meddlesome insect.

As for casting, it's really no shock that May star Angela Bettis will play Girl's leading lady. What is a surprise to me, however, is that McKee has also snatched up Erin Brown, a.k.a. Misty Mundae.


Cool! SCOTT will certainly be happy to hear that his MISTY MUNDAE has another movie lined up.

-Steve
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Wait...Misty Mundae AND Angela Bettis in a movie about lesbian lovers? :dribble:

There IS a God, and she loves me. :teeth:
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