THE LAST KNOCK presents: Macabre Milestone: May (2002)

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At the beginning of the new millennium, director Lucky McKee wowed audiences with a phenomenal, quirky, independent horror. Star Angela Bettis played May, who longed for a connection with a boyfriend. Her performance was so heralded, critic Roger Ebert petitioned the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to nominate Bettis for a Lead Actress Oscar. The film also included stellar acting from Anna Faris, as well as Jeremy Sisto, James Duval, Nichole Hiltz, and the celebrated Ken Davitian, with music from The Breeders. And if you think this is some cheesy horror/romance, you are dead wrong because this brilliant tale goes to much greater depths.

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14 Replies to “THE LAST KNOCK presents: Macabre Milestone: May (2002)”

  1. How bizarro, Stupormen, the MAY show in May.
    MAY is quirkier than ANIMAL HOUSE frat crap. Appreciateing MAY has been a slowburn for me. Of course, Amber held a .357 mag to my head and made me watch it. Amber would place it in her Top 5. I bet we’ve watched it a doze times and Angela Bettis continues t freak me out. She could star in a comedy and still scare the fecal matter out of me.
    Basically, we dig everything she’s in. Naturally, Jeremy Sisto isn’t too hard on the lady’s eyes. Anna Faris was even a hoot in this horror film.
    May’s a dadburned hot-nut sundae. In fact, she is probably the great great grandmonster of Frank N. Stein… she freaks me out! Such a tiny little hackeress seamstress.
    4-star territory, though.
    May should hook-up with Norman Bates from BATES MOTEL. My money would be on Norman diced and stuffed over the fireplace before May.
    Bill, remind me to pistol whip Jonny when I see him. May MAY pick Jonny Numb as a new lovemate, experimenting with his quartered parts.
    MAY’S no angel.

    1. I agree, May Dove Canady would definitely adore Norman Bates to pieces.

      Most important, I’m glad Amber held you at gunpoint to watch this fantastic feature. Like your intelligent daughter, it’s at the top of my list as well.

  2. Great discussion of MAY, guys. It occurred to me while listening that May sees only parts rather than whole people because of her childhood experience. Her mother taught her that one defective part ruins the whole. Just my two cents.

    1. Excellent point. Therefore, May’s on a quest for perfection, which is something she can never achieve.

      Freud would have loved this film!

      Thanks for listening and commenting, Bill!

      1. I saw her doll as the personification of perfection that is walled off and untouchable or attainable by her regareless of how many perfect parts she acquired. It was the approving or accepting heartless embodiment of her mother. May could never achieve such falsely perceived purity. Once the glass was shattered, May’s psyche couldn’t handle the fallability of something in her mind that was unbreakale or beyond human touch. I believe everything she did, even after digging her lazy eye (imperfection) out was to attempt to achieve deity status, like Dr. Frankenstein. After all, Dr. F’s failure rested inside the head of is monster, an impure or imperfect brain. May couldn’t bring herself to sew there.
        If to kill is Godlike, then to create life is to become God or something like that.
        May was “one sick [sic] puppy” or for Jonny’s sake, kitten.

        1. Great observations, Ron! I especially like your comment on Frankenstein’s failure due to the mind of the monster. May’s off-kilter presence in the world comes from her mind being a mix of Monster and Creator, indeed.

          1. Yeah, I’m never a fan of animal violence in film, but at least McKee didn’t go the CANNIBAL HOLOCAUST route with that…

          2. May’s killing of the cat is quite poignant because her job, her career, was one where she took care of animals and even saved them. However, once she tells the story of the dog whose stitches came undone, we know that something’s awry in her head, which indicates a lack of empathy, and a clear sign she sports an under-current of anti-social behavior that later comes through in leaps and bounds.

        2. Wonderful and poignant words, Ron. The head of Dr. Frankenstein’s monster was quite solid, however. The monster knew he was a monster, a miscalculation that should not exist in the natural world. Still, the monster learned French, hid from public view because he grasped that he was the embodiment of “the other,” and he did what Roy (Batty) did in BLADE RUNNER: killed his maker, his father, his God. And that says so damn much.

          As always, you rock, my friend.

          1. Ha! Ron, I was just thinking of YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN! Man, I miss Marty Feldman and the delicious Madelaine Kahn. Thanks for that clip!

          2. Dr. Frederick Frankenstein: “Igor, help me with the bags.”

            Igor [Imitating Groucho Marx]: “Soitenly. You take the blonde, I’ll take the one in the toiben.”

            Classic.

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