Many favorites, as well as a small handful of films that I don't care for... in no particular order (1960-2014).
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…
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…
Girl in locker room: "You mind if I leave you with some advice?"
Pauline: "Make it quick I gotta take a shit!"
Oh man today has been a good day. Like most of you here on Letterboxd I watch a lot of movies. Some are great, some are good, some are average, and some are horrendous pieces of shit!. However there's a select few films that fall into another category alltogether. They're films you could call my type or thing, or as I prefer my type of shit. They appeal to a certain aspect of my psyche that's completely unique to me. You see like a lot of people whether they're willing to admit it or not I'm a little…
31 Nights Of Horror
Night 6: Film 5
Imagine you are watching a simple misfit coming of age and you blink and now it's a bloody disaster, gore everywhere, slick clean cinematography making every cut in the skin beautifully clear and your stomach churns but the whole time you just can't stop laughing.
I can't even properly describe what this movie is and how it does it. Watch it. Just do yourself a favor and watch it.
Wow! Can't get over Annalynne McCord. Awkward doesn't cover it, but I totally buy it. Creepy, sexy, and sad. I don't usually like endings. I loved this one
Essentially it's weak coming-of-age movie with some graphic scenes thrown in between for shock value. It tries but it's all rather flimsy and doesn't really work.
A personal favorite of mine and I still can't figure out why.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
There was not a single moment of this movie where I was not uncomfortable. The attempt at an "edgy" mix of sex and gore from the perspective of a coming-of-age teenage girl who wants to be a surgeon someday, was more unsettling in this movie than others. The dream scenes, featuring stark whites and bright blues and blood everywhere were the parts I enjoyed most, because outside of them, the main character is a clusterfuck of a person I couldn't stand.
PART OF GREG'S HORROR MARATHON: 2015
This was devastating, all the more so because of the way its devastation sneaks up on you. Pauline's disturbing fantasies—visualized through a series of vivid, gruesome, and yet strangely beautiful dreamlike images—are initially played for dark laughs as much as anything else. There's a scene relatively early on in which she has sex for the first time that is wonderfully reminiscent of "May," with both guys in question proving unable to handle the . . . unusual desires of the women.
The two films actually feel like companion pieces in a number of ways. Each starts out as a strange, endearing character piece before taking a sharp (yet fully earned) turn towards terror in…
man what a waste of time this was. what's the point? it's not funny, not scary, not shocking, the characters aren't interesting or even relatable, there's nothing here that would even add up to a decent distraction. it's not even so-bad-it's-good. it's just....blergh. a big piece of crap.
One-Line Review: Through all the serious and horrific observations you make there are also some laughs to be had, and many great performances notably AnnaLynne McCord, Traci Lords, Roger Bart, Ariel Winter and Jeremy Sumpter.
Full Mini-Review here: themovierat.com/2015/09/12/mini-review-excision/
#Hart #Krank #abartig #nah an der Realität
[after his parents have left, thinking he is ill] "They bought it. Incredible! One of the worst performances of my…
Contains every horror film made that is not lost and is found on the letterboxd database.
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