May is a horror film that capitalizes on human psychology as the foundation of the horror element of the film. It focuses on one character, May, and his struggle to fit into society. It can be said that is has a certain teenage angst vibe to it in the film, but the way it incorporates the horror aspect in the film has a very smooth transition to it.
May is a movie about a character of its namesake, and her struggles in her social life. All her childhood, she only had a doll as her friend. She then develops an obsession with a guy named Adam, and this was the start of their awkward love story together. But, May’s obsession with Adam went overboard to the point that it actually creeped him out. She then begins her journey of “making the perfect friend”, resorting to killing plenty of people for certain body parts in order to build her friend.
For me, the central theme of the movie is about May and her internal conflicts to fit into society. Right off the bat, we can say that her personality and her life contributes to the creepy vibes that a horror film possesses. The doll she owns is scary in its own, and since May considered her as her only friend an even talks to her puts into picture how secluded May feels. But, what I like about this is that when dolls are portrayed in a movie, it is often “possessed” and causes trouble. But, in this movie, it is actually May who is the one that harms people. This leads to my next point of what I like about the movie, and that is that the movie has the same character as the protagonist and antagonist in the same film. In Paul O’Flinn’s “Production and reproduction: The case of Frankenstein.”, it talks about how Frankenstein in the movie is a result of how the society treats it. May starts off as a young harmless girl, but as the movie progresses, you see her develop into a dangerous woman worthy of being subjected as the antagonist of a horror film. It may be a result of how the society reciprocates on her action, and they are the reasons why she acted this way.
This type of character development in a horror film is something that I found interesting in the movie. You wouldn’t think that somebody as innocent as May can turn into somebody who kills people in for her own desires. But, it was actually established that May really had a personality unlike a normal person, and the film emphasizes this further and further throughout the film. I think that it was a good way to develop May throughout the movie, which makes her transition from an innocent girl to a killer go on very smoothly. It can be said that all the little details about her contributed to what she became in the end. She had a lazy eye, which made her out casted in the society even when she was little. This is most likely the cause why May really wanted to make friends as she grew up. Furthermore, May worked in a vet, and enjoys stories of her disgusting moments, which implies that May has this weird fetish for gory things and experiences. An example to further reinforce this was when May found gore and violence of Adam’s movie as something really romantic. This can be an explanation why May was so fine of cutting up different people’s body parts in order to build the perfect friend.
Another thing about the movie is the horror or supernatural aspect of the film came only until the very end of the movie. It can be considered as a psychological thriller at first because of how is it was all about May and her unconventional ways of making friends. To put it in a very technical sense, the movie could have happened in real life up until the very end. It is plausible that a psychotic person can go on a killing spree and collect body parts of other people for their own interest, so it can be realistic. But, the eeriness of the movie happens in the end when May finally completed building her friend, but was angry because of how it wasn’t alive. But, as soon as May put the final piece, her own eye, the body suddenly moves and the movie ends right there. I really don’t know what to make of the ending, because it appeared to me as one of the most random plot twists among the movies we watched. May will leave you scratching your heads in the end, but it is still a horror movie that caught my interest from start to finish.
O’Flinn, Paul (1986). “Production and reproduction: The case of Frankenstein.” Horror, the film reader. Ed. Jancovich, M. London: Routledge, 2002. Print.