on February 07, 2003 by Susan Green
   Fans of the thinking-person's slasher flick are likely to flock to "May," written and directed by Lucky McKee with a real flair for the conventions of the genre. May (Angela Bettis) is a misfit with inherent sociopathic urges. Unlike Brian De Palma's Carrie, this twentysomething loner has no supernatural gifts--other than the "guidance" provided by a creepy homemade doll inherited from her mother, that is.

   A surgical technician at a veterinary clinic, the virginal May is wooed by a flirtatious co-worker named Polly (Anna Faris), but yearns for a guy she has spotted on the street. Although Adam (Jeremy Sisto, Brenda's deranged brother on "Six Feet Under") makes cannibal-themed underground movies and says he likes weirdness, May is way too weird even for him. When her dalliance with the two-timing Polly also falters, she remembers some early parental advice: "If you can't find a friend, make one." It's a bloody good example of self-sufficiency. Starring Angela Bettis, Jeremy Sisto, Anna Faris and James Duval. Directed and written by Lucky McKee. Produced by Marius Balchuas and Scott Sturgeon. A Lions Gate release. Horror. Rated R for strong violence/gore, some sexuality and language. Running time: 94 min

Tags: Angela Bettis, Jeremy Sisto, Anna Faris, James Duval, Lucky McKee, Marius Balchuas, Scott Sturgeon, Lions Gate, Horror, homemade, dolls, supernatural

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