Alienated teen Pauline struggles with the pressures of fitting into high school, pleasing her mother and a burning desire to lose her virginity. With a grotesque curiosity for the darker side of life, Pauline is considered a social outcast by everyone around her. Enticed by flesh, she retreats into her own fantasies and hopes to become a great surgeon - that is, if she doesn't go insane first.
How successful a horror film really is is always dependent on the viewer. This film will not rattle everyone's cage, but it sure as hell rattled mine.
AnnaLynne McCord is absolutely stunning in the lead role. She manages to give life to a uniquely disturbed teenager, struggling with life, identity and a good dose of slowly emerging insanity. Her Pauline is a worthy addition to the genre.
Richard Bates' film has a distinct visual flair, contrasting reality with fantasy in a beautiful, yet disturbing way. There are some absolutely sick scenes when we enter Pauline's fantasies, but they all seem to have a weird and unsettling beauty to them. That juxtaposition worked really well as it evoked a sense of…
I knew I was going in to Excision with some hype from friends who have told me that this is a must watch, but, given the friends who told me this generally like the same movies, I was much more excited than apprehensive. Excision surpassed my expectations and took me to an entirely different level in movie watching.
Being a teenager is tough, especially when you are weird and even more horrendous when you have a hard time with your mother or if you are mentally ill. This movie goes beyond fantasies of surgery and blood, I cried at the end of the film.
Pauline (AnnaLynne McCord) is 18 years-old, desperately reaching out and asking for help in the only…
Excision, a strange horror hybrid of a movie, is extended from a 2008 short film and unfortunately it shows. It’s a film that is incredibly laboured, unfocused and repetitive making what would probably work well in its shorter form a rather infuriating experience stretched to feature length. The film follows Pauline, a strange loner who seeks the approval of her parents, as she struggles to conform to the norms and rules of school life whilst desperately wanting a career as a surgeon. She is best described as a cross between Carrie and May yet the film is far less successful than either.
Director, Richard Bates Jr, should be commended for trying to produce something a little different. Whilst billed as…
Excision is wonderfully offensive tale about an acne faced (with some cold sores as well) teenager named Pauline with dreams of having a career in medicine. This movie is so beautifully shot and directed. In most horror movies, I can't relate to characters. After seeing Excision, I have a new found love for AnnaLynne McCord and her character Pauline. This movie proves that you can make a gory horror movie (and go a little over the top) without making it laughable. This movie also helped me gain respect for AnnaLynne, only seeing her in 90210 and Fired Up!, I now know she really CAN act outside of those typical bitchy popular teenage girl roles. Traci Lords also does an amazing…
Queen Monkey talks with her teeth together and does a kind of female Donnie Darko. Despite her up and down acting and the corn-on-the-cob. I found this interesting, obscure, amusing and ultimately very watchable.
The weirdo female protagonist looked like a cross between Ian Brown, Luke Skywalker & Skeletor. Yeah, she was hot, I fancied him.
I've never seen the one playing the mother before, Traci Lords, who was perhaps the most impressive actor on display. Looking at her movie back catalogue on IMDb she's obviously very experienced. "Black Throat" stands out.
Take one part teen drama, add some horror, mix it up with a sniff of darker-than-black comedy and stir well. Serve warm with bloody guts on the side and you have Excision. I know that describing it that simplistic is a large detriment to this movie, because it is the biggest surprise in the horror genre this year thus far.
Excision stars AnnaLynne McCord, who some may know from the teen drama series 90210. I know, I was wary too when I found that out, but this movie proved to me that this girl has some serious acting chops. She plays the part of Pauline, a deranged teenager who is dreaming of becoming a surgeon, but is also dangerously socially…
whoa! mental health issues among high school age kids and their parents makes for a disturbingly dark and eerie film. if you are squeamish at all, you probably should avoid this one.
There is one thing that horror movies and comedies have in common: They just have to click. If it's not your kind of movie there is not much you can do. And this one is a prime example of a movie where I can see people liking it, but it just does absolutely nothing for me.
It felt like a Cronenbergian remake of "American Beauty" (1999) which decides to turn into a horror movie in the last 5 minutes. And while the twist at least had its merits the movie itself was just so incredibly boring.
First, almost immediate thought is of May. Weird, off kilter female protagonist with strange desires.
It goes more fucked up from there.
At a certain point, I found myself disengaging. Too much normal to fantasy ratio or too little, I'm not sure. And it falls back on that "suburbia is fucked up, isn't it?" trope a little too much.
There is some crazy, nasty imagery in it, though. And it's not something horror movies tend to go to for women, either. They usually save the fucked up sick shit for dudes. Good for them for that.
A mentally ill(not retarded, ill) High school student has delusions of becoming a surgeon in order to save her younger sister who has cystic fibrosis, all while dealing with her controlling mother and awkward school life.
So that is the synopsis. But the movie is... so much more. I will start by saying if you have ever found a movie "too fucked up to watch" that this one will fall under that category. As you can see from the synopsis and the cover art, there is a delusional person and blood is involved.
First, let me start by saying it's not a "bad movie" by any means, just "fucked up". The dialogue in this movie is great. Some of the…
This is an odd little film, with a protagonist that begins likeable, but ends up being simultaneously unfortunate and stupid.
Several pleasant cameos improve the experience, and Traci Lords performance is truly wonderful, but it's an overall unsatisfying ride.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Excision isn't the greatest film, it is a little on the unfocused side and repetitive. We get that Pauline is going insane by the dreams she is having and her erratic behaviour, I don't think the character is all that great but Annalynne McCord plays her so well that it's hard to see the flaws. McCord is the one stand out in this film, I couldn't take my eyes off of her and its hard to fathom that this is the same girl from 90210. I wasn't all that impressed with this film.
This is a greate piece of film!
Man nehme einen Teil Darren Arnofsky und einen Teil David Lynch und mischen ihn mit einer kleinen Prise Tarmsem ab.
Heraus kommt ein oft surreal und seltsam wirkendes Stück Film namens Excision.
Allerdings muss man sich auf den Film auch einlassen können, denn leicht macht er es einem nicht.
Ist man dazu aber bereit wird man mit tollen Bilden und einer sehr düsteren und schrägen Coming-Of-Age-Geschichte belohnt.