Angela Bettis is one of the more underrated actresses in Hollywood or Indie cinema for that matter but we can't hold it against her. One look at her film resume & we can be restfully assured she is every bit an actress although her name rarely comes up in conversation amongst moviephiles as often as it should. Perhaps she is yet to secure the role which will not only define her as a serious actress & tap into unknown dimensions we've yet to experience. I do have faith she will one day nab this role which will land her the acclaims she rightfully deserves & hopefullly that film will see the light of day. Having said that, I still believe that May comes pretty close.
While not completely a slasher film per se, I think May is more of a complex psychological study with liberal doses of gore & humor. In fact, I think the film could easily pass as a sequel to the German horror film Nekromantik although less gory & far less explicit. It baffles me how the screenwriters may have initially sold the idea to Lions Gate & the studio's initial response as May is anything but you're conventional horror/thriller flick.
May is a very attractive young girl with some serious issues.
One could go so far to say her problems began as a child when she was diagnosed with an eye problem that required a patch. Sadly, her mother doesn't provide much assistance or support but rather comes across as abrasive or overbearing. In essence, May's childhood offers the foundation of insecurity & parental suffocation which would only progressively get worse as she grows older.
Most of the story deals with a grown-up's attempt to deal with life & perhaps even find a little love in the world. Naturally, May tries very hard to be accepted but her mental instability makes it near impossible to keep friends or lovers. As a result of mental issues which were never fully addressed in the earlier stages, May learns what a lot of us learn in life but she utilizes her newfound wisdom a bit differently.
There are so many beautiful parts but not beautiful people.
You can probably take guesses at this point in terms of which direction the film will head & you're first three won't count. Inevitably, the film grows darker with each frame & we are eventually subjected to a few slayings which most of us are glad to embrace. Yay!
I really did like this film. Honestly, I could relate in some odd way to her character. I think May is a great film for anyone who has ever felt alone or like a loser at some point in their life. May does a fine job of carefully examining the character & showing it's audience that mental illness can reside with anyone really irregardless of how attractive they may appear to the naked eye.
**** out of **** There will never really be a slasher to save such a sub-genre. I don't like to think that any film deserves that much recognition, and plus, I don't even like the horror sub-genre of "the slasher film" that much, and for good reason. There are slasher films that I love ("The Texas Chainsaw Massacre", "Halloween") and then there are those that I find tasteless and boring ("Friday the 13th"). I'm a fan and an admirer of horror cinema for many reasons, and whenever … more
As a young girl, May's severe lazy eye made her shy and socially acceptable as a target for persecution. Her demanding and obsessive mother twisted that beginning into something else entirely. The bizarre glass encased doll she gives to her troubled girl becomes May's only friend, and long after mother is gone, the doll continues to be May's truest confidante. As an adult, May now works in a third rate veterinary office where her interests in things like sewing … more
Pros: good creep factor, interesting main character and story, a thoughtful horror Cons: slow buildup, uneven pacing, disjointed surrealistic flashes The Bottom Line: A gore-geously creepy tale Plot Details: This opinion reveals minor details about the movie''s plot. As a young girl, May's severe lazy eye made her shy and socially acceptable as a target for persecution. Her demanding and obsessive mother twisted that beginning … more
May is not normal. At first, you think there is a possibility that she could be misunderstood, but May is definitely not normal. She gives a whole new meaning to the word 'Freak'. May grows up being different, wearing an eye patch because of a lazy eye. Mommy and Daddy give her a doll to be her friend, a doll that is one of those 'look but don't touch' dolls. If you can't meet friends, then make one. May matures, and we pick up with her as she is working for a Veterinarian as his assistant. She … more
Starring Angela Bettis, Jeremy Sisto, Anna Faris, Kevin Gage Directed by Lucky McKee Writer: Lucky McKee 2002
Product Description May never really fit in and growing up with a pirate's patch to cover her lazy eye did not make things easier. Even as an adult her best friend and sole companion is a doll given to her by her mother... until she sees Adam. In awe of his beauty especially his hands she pursues a relationship for the first time in her life. But she soon finds out that people are not 100% perfect... only certain parts of them are! Features: Cast and Crew CommentaryProduction CommentaryInternational TrailerEnglish and Spanish Subtitles System Requirements: Running Time 93 Min Format: DVD MOVIE Genre: HORROR Rating: R UPC: 031398838920 Manufacturer No: 71616