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…
My hand was frozen over my face for the last 15 minutes.
The first thing to know about Excision is that Annalynne McCord delivers a brilliant performance as unrepentantly weird teen Pauline. Seriously brilliant. She plays against type here and will be nearly unrecognizable to anyone familiar with her tv work on Nip/Tuck and 90210. More than just stunt casting, this is an indication that nothing in this world is quite as it seems, nor will things turn out quite the way you might expect (or at least hope.) The second thing to know is that Excision is hilarious. Laugh out loud funny. Pauline is outcast at school, and doesn't seem bothered in the least. You can't help but cheer for her as she defiantly plows through a world populated by cruel…
Aunque con una linea narrativa precaria el film logra desde el primer minuto inquietarnos y llevarnos a través de su escueto metraje.
Aunque no aporta nada nuevo y el final es un poco forzado tiene sus puntos a favor.
Especial mención a Traci Lords y a john Waters.
First published by Little White Lies
"I know I can be a bit of a demented bitch sometimes, but you still love me, right?” So 18-year-old Pauline (AnnaLynne McCord) asks her mother Phyllis (Traci Lords), her words echoing through Excision like a desperate cry for help.
Insensitive, manipulative, delusional and increasingly dangerous, wannabe sawbones Pauline is certainly hard to love, but at the same time her intense need to gain her mother’s admiration and affection is also, ultimately, what allows viewers to maintain sympathy with her through an escalating series of horrors. That and McCord’s exceptionally nuanced performance, going from arrogant to vulnerable to ecstatic to downright disturbed, often in the space…
First published by movieScope
“I don’t know of a teenager who doesn’t profile as a sociopath.”
So says gawky, greasy-haired Pauline (the extraordinary AnnaLynne McCord), looking to all around her like the teen misfit from Welcome to the Dollhouse, even as her vivid dreams, merging sexuality and surgery, reveal she may be closer to the unhinged anti-heroine of May.
And so, Excision charts the horrors of adolescent alienation, as Pauline’s attempts to win the attention and love of her shrewish mother (and to help her ailing younger sister) end in grotesque tragedy.
That each authority figure in Pauline’s life—mother, priest, headmaster, teacher—is played by a one-time screen wildchild (Traci Lords, John Waters, Ray Wise, Malcolm McDowell) suggests that there can eventually be recovery from growing pains, but alas Pauline’s own perils cut a path of no return. Writer/director Richard Bates Jr. is the exciting new face of disturbing, demented psychodrama.
I actually really liked this film. Not only because of my blood fetish but because it was beautifully filmed. some of the scenes could have been better but the colors were so amazing i couldnt believe it.
The weirdest, creepiest film I've probably ever seen. Super scary and unnerving. The best "horror" movie I've seen.
I read one review that referred to film as early David Cronenberg meets Todd Solondz and I think that's an apt description. Definitely one of the most delightful and grotesque exercises in body horror in recent memory. Truly bizarre and disturbing.
[after his parents have left, thinking he is ill] "They bought it. Incredible! One of the worst performances of my…