MARY (2019) Reviews and overview

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Mary is released in the USA by RLJE Films on Blu-ray and DVD on November 26th 2019. The movie is currently available on VOD.

Both the Blu-ray and DVD releases will include:

  • The Making of Mary
  • A Family At Sea: The Cast of Mary

‘Evil lies just beneath the surface’

Mary is a 2019 American supernatural horror feature film in which a family looking to start a charter-boat business buys a ship that, once out on isolated waters, reveals its terrifying secrets.

Directed by Michael Goi (TV series: Swamp Thing; Chilling Adventures of Sabrina; Sleepy Hollow) from a screenplay by Anthony Jaswinski (The Shallows; Satanic; Kristy), the movie stars Jennifer Esposito (The Boys series; Dracula 2000), Emily Mortimer (Relic; Spectral; Shutter Island), Gary Oldman, Stefanie Scott (Insidious: The Last Key; Insidious: Chapter 3) and Owen Teague (IT and IT: Chapter Two).


David (Gary Oldman) is a struggling blue-collar captain looking to make a better life for his family. Strangely drawn to an abandoned ship named Mary that is up for auction, he impulsively buys the boat, believing it will be his family’s ticket to happiness and prosperity.

After they embark on their maiden journey, however, strange and frightening events begin to terrorise David and his family, causing them to turn on one another. The ship soon drifts off course, and it becomes clear they are being lured to an even greater evil waiting for them at sea…

Reviews [click links to read more]:

“It’s well shot, very well acted, and efficiently edited for leanness. It’s so lean that it slips in one ear and right out the other as another average assembly line production. You’d probably forget about it after a few days if Gary Oldman and Emily Mortimer weren’t so competently steering a so-so ship that’s barely big enough to carry the weight they bring to their roles.” Culture Crypt

“There’s nothing here that hasn’t been done before but you can turn your brain off and just go along for the rise. I enjoyed it far more than I was expecting to and while it’s not one of the strongest films showing this year, it’s by far one of the jumpiest and that surely has to count for something?” Entertainment Focus

“The film looks great, the score isn’t that bad, in truth there is nothing bad really, it just needed to be written better. There’s just enough here to make Mary watchable, but really with the cast you have and some talented people involved, you really expect so much more from the film.” The Grump of Horror

“It’s a safe set-up, and Goi does lots with just a few rooms. He’s an able craftsman too – clearly knowing the rhythms of individual set-piece scares. However, he struggles with the rhythms of a full movie. The right beats are mostly there but it’s as unsatisfying watch that quickly settles into a repetitive cycle not dissimilar to Goi’s work on American Horror Story.” Horror Cult Films

Mary is a fun, true romp of a ghost story with a great cast and fantastic acting. From start to finish I was held captive, piecing together the fragments of truth alongside Lydia as the events unfolded. The ending, while a bit obvious in hindsight, was kept a terrific secret throughout the film.” Killer Horror Critic

” …the various spooky occurrences are things that audiences will have seen hundreds of times before (child drawing creepy pictures, possessed crew member, ghost that only appears to the audience, that sort of thing) […] the bare minimum you expect from a scary boat movie is some clarity over just how the characters meet their watery ends, but that’s not the case here.” Nerdly

“Director Michael Goi is big on jump shocks that get increasingly tiresome. They also seem at odds with the film’s concept, which essentially involves everyone on board slowly being driven mad by unseen forces. Despite the “unseen” portion of that equation, things and people still manage to seemingly pop out of nowhere every few minutes.” USA Today

Cast and characters:

  • Jennifer Esposito … Lydia
  • Emily Mortimer
  • Gary Oldman … David
  • Stefanie Scott
  • Owen Teague
  • Michael Landes
  • Manuel Garcia-Rulfo
  • Natalie Jean … The Pale Lady
  • Chloe Perrin
  • Claire Byrne … Amber Jacoby
  • Kathryn Kelly … Screaming Lady
  • Aaron Mitchell … Fisherman
  • Teance Blackburn … Mrs Parrish
  • Griffin Hood … Eric Pauls
  • Caiden Vaughn … Son on Charter Boat


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