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…
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…
High School Senior Pauline has never been popular. She lacks basic social skills. Pauline's younger sister has cystic fibrosis. Pauline wants to become a doctor to save her sister. Problem is that she is not doing well in school and has delusions that are getting worse.
Watched this movie hours ago. Wanted to sit on it for a while. Needed to give it some time. This was a tricky one for me. About the 40 minute mark I almost gave up. It's played as a teenage drama. Not my forte. The performances held my interest. I'm really glad I hung with it.
Pauline (AnnaLynne McCord) needs mental help desperately. Her Mom (Traci Lords) takes her to see the family clergy…
This one could have worked for me, if the plot was slightly better. Potentially an interesting movie, but the makers should've put in more effort. The main character's performance was very strong though. 2.75 stars.
Weirdly grotesque, yet funny and strangely entertaining.
I went into this expecting an over the top and silly gore fest similar to the likes of American Mary. This is nothing like that. Excision is more a dramedy about family relationships than a horror film. The horror dream sequences were elegantly mixed in and shot very well. AnnaLynne McCord gave a great performance as Pauline. I'm very impressed.
she cuts everyone
Very interesting. Honestly, it didn't feel very much like a horror film, except in one aspect: the treatment Pauline endured from her mother.
Great little horror film about a really damaged girl...see the short too... (own on DVD)
Genuinely harrowing in its subject matter, and about as far as you can push the element on a Comedy/Horror without making throwing the balance off to eliminate the ability to enjoy the humour in good conscience. Patchy in parts, but overall well executed.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
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- Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives
- Inland Empire
- Beasts of the Southern Wild
- Lilya 4-Ever
- Life Is Beautiful
- Dancer in the Dark
My five hundred favorite films (1940-2014)
- Night of the Living Dead
- Night of the Living Dead
- Dawn of the Dead
- Dawn of the Dead
- Day of the Dead
Horror movies are by far my favorite, so I've decided to make a list with all of them I remember…