The Horror Honeys: Be Careful... She Just Might Take Your Heart.

Be Careful... She Just Might Take Your Heart.

A Slasher Honey Review - by Kat

May (2002)

There's a phrase I've been using for a lot of years, and it applies in so many great circumstances - especially this one.

No one suspects the butterfly.

May tells the story of a lonely young woman who because of her lazy eye and an unsupportive family that encouraged her isolation, finds it hard to have a social life. Her forays into a social world backfire on her because of her social awkwardness - and really, who can blame her. May's best friend in the whole world is Suzy, a doll given to her by her mother - a pale, cold doll in a glass box. And Suzy knows all of May's secrets.
There were times that May reminded me of myself - talking about creepy shit in mixed company doesn't always go the right way to establish long term relationships of any kind. But May also has a curious habit of falling in love with certain aspects of her friends - a neck, legs, soft fur, a tattoo, beautiful hands. However, when May's relationships start to go awry, she has to take drastic measures to keep her friends close, and following her mother's instructions "if you can't find a friend...make one."

As someone who personally doesn't have many close friends, I can understand May's awkwardness, her painful interactions and her willingness to share more of herself than people might be used to. But what I like most about May, is that she's a willing passenger on the road to weird.

May: So many pretty parts and no pretty wholes.

This isn't hot? Crap.
In a shallow way, May is a Dr. Frankenstein of sorts, compartmentalizing her friends into the pieces that she loves most - that's what stands out the most to me about May, the absence of the exploration of what actually makes a friendship; especially a friendship between women. In May, the only female relationship May has is with a co-worker who is portrayed as the most desperate of lesbians (played by an over-exuberant Anna Faris) - because really, why else do girls become close friends if not to have sexy pillowfights and make-out after drinking too much peach schnapps?

There was also something about May that reminded me of another lonely slasher - American Psycho - May is clearly disturbed, as in there's clearly something REALLY wrong with her, and her "friends" just seem to pass it off as weird behavior. While I know that this denial of Patrick Bateman's odd behavior is a social commentary in American Psycho, I'm not entirely sure what's happening with it in May, but I have a feeling it rotates back to the shallowness of the relationships May is working so cultivate. Regardless, it's this reaction to her strangeness that sends May into her murderous tailspin.

Problems of character attachment and "real" connection aside - May was endearing, and by the end of the film I was feeling her pain, and her anger. There's so much betrayal in the world, and the only way for some to survive is to re-make it the way they want it to be.

May has some great slasher moments, and logistical issues (also known as "details") aside, the making of May's friend is actually kind of heartwarming, and also incredibly sad. In the search for a perfect companion, May forgets that it's just as much about finding out what's really inside yourself that matters most in these relationships. But hey, you gotta admire her suture placement.

Slasher Honey Rating: 3 pretty parts out of 5

Aside: I think May would have made an amazing short film as part of an anthology or a really creepy short story/novella to properly flesh out her character, her childhood, and her relationships.