May

WEIRDO’WEEN #06: MAY [2002]

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If there’s one thing I learned in Psychology class, it’s that one of the most important and yet least understood areas of our lives concerns the role of friends, and ultimately, love; in our lives. Friends are what people believe keep them socially “alive”. Without them, people get lonely and want someone to talk to, and do things with. Usually, people have a natural instinct to try and be social, which makes them to want to meet someone and become close with them.

and then there’s May..

The movie for today’s edition of weird’oweenwe follow a young – yet eccentric – woman named May, who has been traumatized by a difficult childhood, which leads into her increasingly desperate attempts to connect with the people around her. Stephanie and I watched this movie last night [first time she’s ever seen it, even if I’ve seen it a dozen times!] and our living room was filled with comments like “she’s so fucking weird!” and “what is she doing?!” [usually coming from Stephanie] But I digress. I like to believe May was just misunderstood, who was brought up to believe that people are meant to be perfect. [thanks, Mom!] But as we learn, people aren’t perfect – only parts of them are..

weirdo'ween-#6Like I said, May is weird; like, really weird. It all started when May was a child: a lonely girl with a lazy eye and without any friends. except a weird and ugly doll kept in a glass case given by her seemingly perfectionist mother on her birthday when she was only a kid. Naturally because of this, May becomes a lonely young woman, working in an animal hospital, assisting the Veterinarian in surgeries and sewing operated animals most of the time. If that’s not enough, her lesbian co-worker Polly has a sort of attraction for her.. It’s only when the shy May meets mechanic Adam Stubbs, she almost immediately “loves his hands” and develops a crush on him. They date, if only for a little bit, but the strange and bizarre behavior of May makes Adam push away. Alone and scared, May has a [very] brief affair with Polly, but she feels rejected [again] when her colleague meets a typical looking blonde named Ambrosia, someone who Polly swears is just “a thing she has to hit up”. When her precious doll is accidentally broken free of it’s glass cage, the deranged May comes to the conclusion that she has no choice but to build a friend – using the best parts that only the people she’s become so estranged to can offer her!

Although the reviews I write on here are [generally] strictly horror, May is different than that. Sure, it’s labelled as a horror film, but is it really? At first, it’s a romance, but then again; maybe it’s a thriller. Sometimes, it has comedic elements, so making it feel like it’s some kind of comedy, but light-hearted jokes or is there a darker undertone? The truth is, May doesn’t aspire to fit into one label, it lives in a world that’s beyond them and that’s just what makes a film like this work so well.

The other interesting thing about the movie is that, the Director, Lucky McKee makes it look easy.. He has crafted a fascinating look into the eyes of a crazy person, by doing something that sounds like it should be difficult: allowing us to see that small part of ourselves that is hidden within May. Let’s be honest for a second, we’ve all at one time or another been treated like complete trash, whether it’s being made fun of, being laughed at, and maybe some of us have gone over the deep end. McKee makes us, as viewers, feel pity for May even if we really shouldn’t have. [Did I mention that this is his first feature film?] She’s weird, she’s prone to violent tendencies, but yet – we feel bad when Adam tells her that they can’t be together.. that it “isn’t right.May is a powerful movie, and easily one of the best horror films I’ve seen, but by the films end; it’s also fairly depressing: the only way May can find a friend is by killing those around her, to “create” her own version of a person. It’s the kind of movie that makes you realize how painfully alone people can actually be, and you know what? I like that fact. I like it a lot. It shows us that even the most deranged of person can have feelings too; even if they doesn’t know how to show them.

To put it simply, this is a film that starts out a little slow; but May, both as a movie and a character, will manage to get under your skin and leave a little cold shiver behind. If only to remind you that, sometimes, it’s hard to trust a girl with a doll collection and a history of being awkward. If there’s anything to take from this movie, remember what May‘s mother told her:

“if you can’t find a friend; make one!”

Even if May is from 2002, [making this movie over 13 years old!] this film is easily one of those movies that you either love, or hate. What are your thoughts on the movie? Did you enjoy Bettis‘ acting in it? Or was May just too weird for you? Let me know in a comment or two! I for one, love her in this film – and she deserves to be recognized for it! Also, if you have an idea for the next weirdo’ween review please let me know which movie[s] you want to see next! If you found yourself to enjoy this particular review – and want to see more – then take a minute and follow me over on my Facebook page [it’s at over 120+ likes almost at 130!] By clicking that “like” button, you’ll see every post from warrenisweird the very moment it’s been posted online; as well as links to articles and pictures/videos that will not be featured here on the blog. Every “like” helps me a ton, giving me the ability to write more posts for you to read, so be sure to tell the horror enthusiast in your life to do the same, and share The Facebook Page with your family and friends! Join me tomorrow when I talk about weirdo’ween #07STAY TUNED!

[contrary to what it looks like, she didn’t rub her eyes after cutting onions..]

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underrated movie of the day: May

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“I’ve always said, if you can’t find a friend — make one yourself.”

[Note: I will be talking spoilers in this, and while I’m not mentioning everything in the film- I’m talking some of the more important points]


May is a strange girl; she has almost no friends, she works at the animal hospital [working on the animals themselves with a lesbian Anna Faris] and her best friend is a creepy doll named Suzie. To make matters more difficult for her, May likes a boy – Adam. To help get his attention, she gets contacts to help hide the appearance of her obvious lazy eye. who at the beginning of the film doesn’t know she exists. when they finally get to know one another, that’s when things start to get a little strange.


the thing about the movie May is that’s a film that has a sense of belonging to it. The want – or the need – to fit in is so strong within May that she actually ends up doing the opposite of what you should do in the situations she finds herself in! [like rubbing Adam‘s hands, with her face, while he sleeps..]

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now, this is the part where I’m going to spoiler major plot points of May [specifically, the ending] so if you haven’t seen the film – and want to- avoid the next paragraph:


Things only start going really bad for May ‘friends’ after Adam says they can’t be together anymore. [“you’re weird” “you like weird..” “..not that weird..”] in a way, May is acting out because she grew up in a secluded home, was considered weird by kids her own age growing up, and she’d only talk to Suzie – her doll. When she remembers her mother’s words to her when receiving Suzie does she have an almost epiphany, and comes to the following conclusion:

“IF YOU CAN’T FIND A FRIEND, MAKE ONE.”

and she does.. in her own special yet demented way; she does. Through-out the film, if you listen while May is talking [rather, mumbling] to herself, she talks about Adam having “the most perfect hands”, people having “nice legs” or some body part of somebody is “perfect”. In the end, May has collected ‘all the perfect pieces’ to her perfect puzzle, and while you see her creation in full form; she still isn’t satisfied! She then mentions something about wanting to be seen, and realizes her ‘creation’ doesn’t have proper eyes. [it looked like she made some out of paper mâché] Based on the next scene being called ‘PERSONAL SACRIFICES’, I’m sure you have some idea where this is going. remember how I mentioned she has a lazy eye? As anyone else would in that situation, May doesn’t like it, and ultimately jabs her own [lazy] eye out with a pair of scissors. The creepy part is when she looks at it after it’s “officially” done – lazy eye and all – it rolls over and puts it’s hands around her Presumably Adam, as she used his hands] below, I have added a picture of May‘s “perfect friend” because I know you’re curious — hell, I’d be curious after this build up too!

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May and her ‘creation’

In conclusion, May is a weird film, but I like weird – I like it a lot. I recommend this film and give it a solid 04 out of 05 stars; like May‘s creation, it’s just missing that small, little something to make it perfection.

THANKS FOR READING.