(2002)2.5Jason BuchananThough it may not be the high body-count slasher film the trailer made it out to be, the debut feature from director Lucky McGee does, when all is said and done, offer some intriguing psychological horror and an interesting modernization of the Frankenstein mythos. Alternately funny, sad, and disturbing, McGee strikes a commendable tone by means of smart pacing, while offering lead Angela Bettis a chance to shine and never giving viewers quite what they might expect. At times too self-consciously quirky for its own good, the film may have been more effectively horrific had it not been straining so hard to be hip, and some scenes straddle the line of unintentional humor by delving into surreal excess. As previously mentioned, Bettis' portrayal of the troubled titular character is rich and complex, convincingly shifting from somewhat sympathetic loner to menacing misfit, and peppering her descent into total psychosis with just the right amount of detached self-abandonment. Once she realizes that she has crossed the line, all bets are off. Though the final shock could prompt knee-jerk laughter in the hands of a less-talented director, by the time the viewer has followed May down her dark path, it offers a chilling moment viewers aren't soon to forget. While May might not be the best horror film of recent years, as some claim, it does merit a space near the top of the list for its unique tone, and it signals director McGee as a talent to watch for.