Film: May

May is a 2002 horror movie about a lonely young woman (played by Angela Bettis) and her efforts to develop some sort of meaningful connection with another human being. This is somewhat complicated by how shy, socially awkward, and just plain weird she is. As each attempt fails, the already unstable May starts going further and further down the rabbit hole...

This film contains examples of:

  • Abusive Parents: While she isn't shown very often, May's mother comes across as more than a little condescending and emotionally abusive.
  • Accidental Murder: May killing Lupe.
  • Adorkable: You just want to cuddle her and tell her how to interact in a socially acceptable manner...
  • Alpha Bitch: Ambrosia.
  • Asshole Victim: Ambrosia.
  • Ax-Crazy: May becomes this towards the end.
  • Beware the Quiet Ones: Indeed.
  • Black Comedy: There's a good amount of this in the movie. A good example would be when May, having kept Lupe, Polly's dead cat for several days, decides to spray the body with air freshener to stop it smelling.
  • Blood Is the New Black: May returns to her apartment absolutely covered in the blood of herself and the class of blind children after they accidentally break Susie's case and cut themselves on the broken glass.
  • Break the Cutie: And how.
  • Chekhov's Gun: The surgical tools in the animal hospital, and the ashtray that Petey makes for May.
  • Chekhov's Skill: May's sewing skills.
  • Companion Cube: A darker example - May starts out (apparently, we don't know for sure) just pretending Susie is real, but then she starts to actually believe it. Oh, and of course there's Amy.
    • Then there's the corpse of Lupe. May hugs her, strokes her, and talks to her, until she decides to keep her in the freezer.
  • Creepy Doll: Susie, a little bit. Most notably when you can hear her whispering, or the glass on her case cracking - not that these are real, this is all in May's head. She certainly looks very creepy, too. Also Amy, the life-size doll made out of body parts.
  • Creepy Monotone: "I need more parts."
  • Cute and Psycho: May.
  • A Darker Me
  • Depraved Bisexual
  • The Dog Bites Back
  • Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette: May appears this way in most of the movie posters, such as this one.
  • Emotionless Girl: May, once she's decided to make Amy. Although when Amy doesn't come to life, she becomes very upset again.
  • Eye Scream: May gouges out her own eye with a pair of scissors in order to finish Amy.
    • And prior to that, she starts clawing at her eyes after having worn the same set of contacts for several days, a horror that most contact lens users have run into before.
  • Fetish: May appears to have one for blood (especially after viewing Adam's film), and Polly promptly develops a fetish for cutting after May cuts her thumb with a scalpel, requesting that she do it again.
  • For Halloween, I Am Going as Myself: Sort of. May is able to get away with having blood stains all over her forearms and lugging a large, heavy and normally suspicious-looking wheelie case around in public, as she commits her murders and transports the bodies during Halloween.
  • Foreshadowing: Lots.
    • There's May's focus on certain body parts for each person (Adam's hands, Polly's neck, etc.).
    • Her homemade clothes, many of which are sewn together out of old outfits.
    • There's her comment to Susie about how Susie has always "seen [her]".
    • Her job at the animal hospital.
    • Her complete lack of any disturbance at anything violent or gory and thinking that Adam's movie was "sweet".
    • Her mother's comment that "If you can't find a friend, make one."
    • Polly calling May "doll" as a term of endearment.
    • May gouging out her lazy eye at the very beginning.