Their Bedside Manners Need Work

In the new plastic-surgery-themed horror film”American Mary,”directed by the twin sisters Jen and Sylvia Soska, the role of evil doctor undergoes gender-bending twists. The surgeon is female, rare in horror, where the face of Dr. Death is usually male. Unlike her evil colleagues, Mary uses her knives not to kill, but to help others achieve the bodies of their dreams.

“Everything she does is methodical and surgical, down to her appearance,” Jen Soska said. “She’s very thoughtful about what she does. Vengeance is carefully plotted out.” But horror is rife with doctors who rave. Here are a few physicians whose malpractice insurance must be abnormally high.

Werner Krauss, left, and and Conrad Veidt in The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari.

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Werner Krauss, left, and and Conrad Veidt in “The

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