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Old 03-22-05, 10:24 PM
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May (unusual 'horror' film from 2002)

I caught this unusual, yet fascinating independent horror/thriller/black comedy movie on HBO the other night. Has anyone seen it? It's sort of a modern take on Frankenstein and Carrie with a bit of Dolls and Frankenhooker thrown in for good measure.

Here are links to Roger Ebert's 4-star review and its page on IMDb:

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I've been recommending MAY to people since last year, and I always get back the polar responses: Some people really get into it, the others are freaked out.
Then it becomes a whole nother matter when I have to explain how I find her so sexually appealing!

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Yup, one of the best genre films in recent years along with Ginger Snaps, The Devil's Backbone, Donnie Darko and Tale of Two Sisters.
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Another big

Angela Bettis is f'n scary in this flick but in a good way. I'm a Anna Faris fan, so that's a bonus.

Highly recommended for those who want something a little different.
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another thumbs up here.

I thought the movie was great. the ending is creepy.
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Two thumbs up from me also. That ending sure does stick with you in your mind!
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It's getting boring to say so, but hey, this film rocks the big one so a massive thumbs up from me too. The quirky characters were incredibly well drawn and brought to life by the superb performances of the cast. I found myself laughing quite a bit early on, but then gradually squirming more and more as the film got grimmer ... Easily a 9/10 for me and one of my favourite films of that year.

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I enjoyed it. I also found Angela Bettis to be incredibly hot in this movie (minus the last ~20 minutes or so, when she got really freaky looking - like on the cover)
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freaky = hot
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Love May, I own the dvd and I have the poster up in the bedroom. The poster used to freak my roommate out. All of my friends hated the movie and I got so angry with them for not "getting" it.

If you all like this, and you seem to, you must watch Love Object. It is like the male version of May, this time with Desmond Harrington and a sex doll instead of Angela Bettis and a doll in a box.

They both make for a good double feature of modern doll freakiness with memorable and freaky lead charactors.
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I also really enjoyed this. Thanks to DVDTalk members for the recommendation.
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If you all like this, and you seem to, you must watch Love Object. It is like the male version of May, this time with Desmond Harrington and a sex doll instead of Angela Bettis and a doll in a box.
No hot babes = No sale.

Man having sex with blow-up doll = No sale.
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i love may and have a giant framed may poster above my hdtv. the commentary tracks are pretty good too i thought and one of them has some weirdo pretending to be the craft food services guy and everything he says cracks me up.
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i wouldn't call this a great movie. it was different. and Angela Bettis makes the performance and movie strangely eerie enough to have it sit with you for some time after the conclusion. but i thought it was just ok in general. i think i expected more from this blind rental.
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I saw this at the Florida Film Festival few years ago at one of the midnight showings, and was pretty entertained by it. I didnt know what to think about it at first, but then it grew on me and the ending was really good. About the best compliment I can give it is that my wife really liked it and she doesnt typically like horror movies. I never bought it on dvd as I kinda forgot about it because I didnt hear much about it after the festival, but I may pick it up now that I begin to remember it and how much I enjoyed it.
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Definite One of my best blind buys ever. Freaky flick.
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Saw it recently on HBO as well. Excellent flick, you can really see May slowly coming undone.
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Originally Posted by Charlie Goose
Saw it recently on HBO as well.
A very nice transfer too, if you have access to HBO-HD.
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Originally Posted by Adam Tyner
A very nice transfer too, if you have access to HBO-HD.
Yes - it was pristine.

I had no idea so many had seen this movie!
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Originally Posted by Charlie Goose
you can really see May slowly coming
Man, I gotta pick up this Unrated version you speak of
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I've got it on the DVR from when it was on HBOHD [actually for the second time], have to make time to watch it.
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This movie made me squirm quite a bit, and I usually have a high tolerance for gore and such. To this day, I'm not sure if I like it or not. It's definitely worth a second viewing.

I watched this a couple years ago,
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doesn't the body wake up at the end?
I didn't like that too much as it adds in
Spoiler:
a supernatural element which kind of took the story into a different direction
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Originally Posted by freudguy
This movie made me squirm quite a bit, and I usually have a high tolerance for gore and such. To this day, I'm not sure if I like it or not. It's definitely worth a second viewing.

I watched this a couple years ago,
Spoiler:
doesn't the body wake up at the end?
I didn't like that too much as it adds in
Spoiler:
a supernatural element which kind of took the story into a different direction
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Yes. Her doll comes to life in the end. In nearly any other movie, this would have been preposterous and maybe even laughable, however in this movie it just fit, IMO.
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Originally Posted by Adam Tyner
A very nice transfer too, if you have access to HBO-HD.
Damn, I missed this on HBO-HD. Was it just on recently? I'll have to check the guide to see if it's on again soon. I'd like to watch it again... in HD. I rented the DVD a couple years ago and thought it was pretty decent - quirky, strange and all that.
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Originally Posted by freudguy
Spoiler:
doesn't the body wake up at the end?
I didn't like that too much as it adds in
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a supernatural element which kind of took the story into a different direction
Who said that was supposed to be reality? I took it as part of the girl's mind.

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