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Wednesday, October 5, 2022

Review of The Last Thing Mary Seen: God is Always Watching

The title “The Last Thing Mary Seen” may lead viewers to believe that the main character experienced some unspeakable horror shortly before her death. In fact – and this is not a spoiler – she saw such horrors shortly before her eyes were gouged out. Such is the alluring, unsavory nature of this first feature film by writer-director Edoardo Vitaletti, set in a Calvinist home in 1843.

Mary (Stephanie Scott) is the black sheep of her strict, upper-class family. She has fallen in love with their maid Eleanor (Isabelle Fuhrman) and seems to have little interest in hiding it. While Mary’s parents turn to the family’s creepy matriarch (Judith Roberts) for advice, Mary and Isabelle plan their escape with the help of downtrodden family guard Theodore (PJ Sosko). This main story appears to be a retelling presented during an interrogation between Mary – now blindfolded, with blood dripping from her eye sockets – and the city constable.

Although it is a slow, at times tedious film, it contains more subtleties than the plot summary alone can convey. Each member of Mary’s family plays a role in her pursuit, and she and Eleanor try to evade them several times before a gruesome climax comes. As a result, The Last Thing Mary Seen is both surprising and disappointing. Art-house horror fans may marvel at its supernatural twists and dark ending, but these mechanics only add to the confusion of the story. In Act 2, a funeral goes awry and an anonymous villain (Rory Culkin) wreaks havoc, but it’s completely unclear how or why any of these disturbing events happen. At best, the film can offer a critique of a vengeful Christian god – at worst, it portrays its lesbian protagonist as a despicable sinner who is always doomed to punishment.

The last thing Mary saw
Not rated. Duration: 1 hour 29 minutes. See in awe.

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