31 Favorites #6: May
May stars Angela Bettis as a lonely, awkward and disturbed young woman who begins to develop a crush on cool guy Adam (played by Jeremy Sisto). When Adam rebuffs May’s advances, she begins to both unravel and come into her own with horrifying results.
I love May. It’s one of those rare horror films that gives you all of the feels – sadness, sympathy, fear, repulsion…it’s all there, and it’s all in May’s character alone. It’s a really moving film, and that’s an aspect of horror films that, I would argue, we don’t see quite often enough. The closest example in spirit that I can think of is Frankenstein, in which the creature doesn’t ask to be created, but through a series of miscalculations and a profound misunderstanding of human boundaries, ends up becoming a monster.
Three Things I Love About It:
- Angela Bettis gives a truly amazing performance. You feel deeply for her, just as much as you fear her.
- The film never feels exploitive or cheap. We always feel that at the heart of it all director Lucky McKee is rooting for May.
- The end is heartbreaking, terrifying, and somehow beautiful. It takes a certain deftness and sympathy with the material to pull that off, and McKee handles it with sensitivity.