my favorites that i love primarily because of visuals (colors, symmetry, overall cinematography) regardless of plot, characters and anything else…
Heal The Sickness
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…
Part of Hoop-Tober
“You’ll probably want to make it painless. I get it, that’s your thing. But hear me out: a little pain never hurt anyone.”
Her fantasies are dominated by blue, a bright turquoise tile lining the operating room of her dreams. Blue, the color of calm and tranquility and stability, backgrounding the carnage of her delusions. The fantasies are perverse—why shouldn’t the color associations be perverse as well?
Her home life (especially her kitchen and breakfast nook) is dominated by yellow. A vain attempt to project sunshine and happiness and optimism into a dour, dysfunctional family. But yellow also symbolizes betrayal and disease and dishonesty. With unsupportive parents, a gravely ill sister, and grotesque, violent daydreams kept to…
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…
A very strong performance from lead AnnaLynne McCord and a visually striking film probably should be enough to warrant a positive response. It does feel at times, like the antithesis of those crappy teeny angsty shit-fests where the outcast geek becomes the most popular girl in school and meets prince charming and everything is so great.
It all sounds so positive so far? And then it turns out, despite all of this stuff going on - the film is actually a piece of shit. Repetitive albeit striking visuals lead to nothing much other than to suggest that the main character is probably slightly mentally ill - fine we get it the first five or six times.
Some of the ideas…
Was hoping for more blood and gore, but was pleasantly surprised by the witty dialogue and the lead actress' ability to make such a disturbing protagonist so likable. Much props to Annalyne McCord.
Excision was a big surprise for me. Despite it bordering the gore-centric almost Eli Roth edginess, I really enjoyed it. Unlike most films of this type, Richard Bates Jr. is able to create really interesting and unique characters. I cared as much about Pauline, the disturbed necrophiliac, as I did her sickly sister who needs a new heart. Equally entertaining is the relationship between her controller mother and feeble father.
There's not a single moment where Excision relies on jump scares or cheap surprises to amuse. Instead, it focuses on the cause and effect of every characters interaction and inevitably the downward spiral of our twisted protagonist.
Visualmente tiene bastantes virtudes, sobretodo en las estilizadas y explícitas escenas de corte onírico, pero estas acaban volviéndose repetitivas en un conjunto de cuya historia esperaba algo más, ya que ofrece un teen angst no demasiado innovador (algo que no es necesariamente malo), algo previsible en su desenlace (esto ya sí) y que no me ha acabado de cautivar. Aún así, me ha gustado y Pauline es un caramelo de papel para AnnaLynne McCord.
What a great and entertaining film! When the credits started to roll down, I was blown away and thought this is the best psychological coming of age drama I've ever seen.
Other people are loving coming of age dramas that were shot over 12 years and have no highlights or some tunnel scenes with David Bowie music but this film fits my understanding of the genre perfectly!
The director shows a common problem that happens in many families in an extraordinary gory way.
A overwhelmed mother that can't comprehend her daughter's feelings and only accepts the perfect child. A father who gives a fuck and a little sister with the full attention of the family because of her sickness.
Ok at first I wanna higlight the pros.
The cinematographie was really really solid. Especially the gore scene looked super nasty and super sharp. Overall the shots were always a pleasure to watch.
Maybe I got the film totally wrong and now you're mad with me but in my opinion the movie is a torture to look. Yeah of course maybe it was the goal of Excision to creat a disgust the world never saw. But i can't understand why this should be a good thing.
The acting, especially of the mother was more than amateurish. The illusions of AnnaLynne were nice to watch but the content was tacky, clumsy and without fascination if you know what I mean. It…
I was going into this off word of mouth, expecting a surreal, explicit, disturbing gore-fest, its ultimate objective to push the envelope as much as possible. Excision definitely pushes it, but at the same time that's not what it's about. In many ways it's a dark comedy about teen angst and family tension in suburbia. The central family dynamic is equal parts eerily grim and hilarious, and AnnaLynne McCord's Pauline is one of the most fascinating characters I've seen in years. It's a ride. I mean, when the credits hit, the impact is actually more emotionally devastating than shocking in a typical horror movie sense.
Really wasn't prepared for that last shot.
What a beautiful masterpiece
Es una película de horror un tanto extraña y sobre todo cosiderando que en algunas escenas te puedes encontrar a grandes personajes de la historia del cine como lo es John Waters y Malcom McDowell. Es interesante el argumento, original de hecho, y con un cierre muy bien realizado. En algunas partes de la trama se vuelve un poco lenta, pero afortunadamente tiene escenas que te regresan a la historia.
still fucked up
Films where their style fills the screen so absolutely, substance is but an afterthought.
Only added some that I've seen,…