Reviewed by Alicia Glass
Studio: 2 Loop Films
MPAA Rating: R
Director: Lucky McGee
Review Rating: 8
Traumatized by a difficult childhood and the lack of ability to connect with those around her, in desperation May decides if she can’t make friends, she’ll really make a friend!
The really horrific parts of the movie don’t generally happen til right at the end. Until then, save for the screaming one-eyed Angela Bettis as May in the mirror flash at the very beginning, most of the horror is just May herself being incredibly awkward and terribly alone. She tries, oh so very hard, to get people to talk with her, to understand her, knowing all the while she’s so very different that it would indeed be impossible. Take the Boy for example, Jeremy Sisto’s character Adam. May has a serious thing – for his hands. And the would-be lesbian girlfriend, after deciding her time with May was just a fling and didn’t mean anything, gets her just desserts in a scalpel-cutting embrace that is beautiful and absolutely terrible at the same time.
Yes I am going to go ahead and ruin the ending, sorry, the film is worth sitting all the way through anyway. May decides to take only the beautiful parts from these people she’s tried to make connections with, like literally, and puts together a Frankenstein’s monster of a friend that she dubs AMY. The finishing touch isn’t May popping out her own eye so AMY can see her, oh no. There’s one last surprise that I will leave for the movie to show you; once again, it’s quite worth it. Beautiful and dreamlike with nightmarish qualities woven throughout, May tells a story of a lonely girl whose ability to sew and a love that brings dark life to scorching light.