MAY I be your friend?

There is nothing wrong with wanting a friend. As humans, we are social beings, and it does suck when we can’t seem to find a friend in others. It would be a lot better if we could just make ourselves one, handpicking by ourselves the traits we prefer, and putting them all on one person – it could save us all the hassle and the possible humiliation. But then again, that would be really creepy. Getting a friend is absolutely not as easy and simple as going to a build-a-bear store and getting yourself the parts you want for your new stuffed animal, building it yourself to add to your collection. But for May, getting herself a companion sort of ended that way.

May who suffers a troubled childhood due to her lazy eyes which caused other kids to shun her ends up being socially awkward and desperate for a companion when she was already older where she was  already working at an animal hospital – having a doll for a best and only friend, this is kind of expected. To fit in and hopefully get herself a friend this time, she got glasses and lenses to fix her lazy eyes. Though she may have found herself company in Adam and Polly, and even in a guy she met on the street whom she hoped would be her bestfriend after he sees the creepy content of her fridge, she still ended up being wounded by these people whom she thought she could trust – the people whom she thought could save her from talking and getting an advice from a doll. This, then, caused her to find a deadly revenge, taking her mother’s advice of making herself a friend if she could not find one literally. Being fixated on the perfect body parts she saw in the people she thought were her friends, she decided to take these – bloody – and put them all together birthing a new and true companion for her.

At the beginning of the movie, when Suzie was introduced, I initially thought that it was going to be a killer-doll coming to life kind of movie. However, it was obviously not the case. As I see it, although May is known to be the monster in the movie, I believe it is safe to say that Suzie was the creature who initially made a monster out of May. This, then, leads me to think that Suzie was the first monster, and after getting ruined and destroyed, May then transformed into the new monster or the evil one who was now in control of her own thoughts and decisions – from the timid and awkward girl who only wanted a friend, to  a fearless woman with an axe and a cooler of bloody body parts seeking revenge on a Halloween. May dressing up as Suzie during Halloween, I believe, is the literal translation of this transformation in the movie. In this case, the monster, who was Suzie, was no longer separate from May, rather, May was now a magnified image of Suzie.

In Mary Shelley’s novel, the monster remained a monster who is frightening and violent, but at the same time drenched with sympathy and given central space in text to exercise the primary liberal right of free speech which he uses to appeal for the reader’s pity and understanding. This could be seen in the last part of the film where May constructs herself a new friend made out of all the perfect body parts she got from the people he killed and ends up gouging her own eye out asking her new creation to see her. Although she did act creepy throughout the movie, I could not help but feel bad for her.

May’s development in the movie from a creepy girl with a huge crush on a boy with “beautiful hands” to an angry and vengeful, yet pitiful girl made a huge impact on the film in delivering that sense of horror to the viewers. It was also not only May who was creepy in the film. Every character had their own fair share of creepiness which made it harder to really hate on May as the monster and identify her as the sole weird character in the film. For me, the different elements in the film, from the musical scoring, the characters’ acting and the cinematography, has helped in making the film fascinating to watch. These elements, I found made the film relatively lighter to watch for a horror film, but not at all any less horrifying. They all add up perfectly to deliver that eerie feeling for a horror film that at first could be taken as a romantic-comedy.

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