my favorite letterboxd posters! ordered by color (only movies i've seen)
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…
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“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…
Very well done Horror. Great ending.
I've been wanting to watch this for awhile and I'm really glad I finally got around to it. The combination of clishé teen movie and disturbing horror works surprisingly well, and last five minutes is one of the best endings that I've seen in a long time.... also I'm such a slut for good color schemes
the last 6 seconds fcked me up
Darkly hilarious, deeply demented and grossly sickening, "Excision" is a feel-bad coming-of-age drama that exorcises the horrors of one's disturbed mind experiencing adolescent changes and tough societal judgments. Annalynne McCord's lead performance as a disturbed, socially ill-mannered young woman is noteworthy in every way.
I don't really understand the purpose of this movie outside of shock value, but even the shock value was pretty disappointing.
I suppose as a character piece it was somewhat interesting, chronicling the life of an obviously mentally unstable teenage girl. There were some good scenes (sex scene, a couple of the gore scenes) but overall it was kind of dull.
Not sure I would recommend this to anyone. The average viewer would find nothing interesting and probably be upset by the gore, while fans of gore won't find anything significantly special about it.
Do not recommend.
this movie made me really thankful that i don't have a blood fetish
Despite its occasional excessive quirks, Excision is still a superb - and often bizarrely beautiful - tragicomedy horror with an array of fully realized themes involving adolescent insecurity, mother-daughter tribulations, the consequences of not conforming to tradition and so on. AnnaLynne McCord and Traci Lords are magnificent in central roles and Richard Bates, Jr. directs with assured flair to articulate his own unique vision of teenage hell while making nods to a plethora of idiosyncratic influences. Ray Wise also makes a short but hilarious cameo as a headteacher.
I'm definitely looking forward to Bates, Jr.'s next film: Trash Fire.
Excision is about the dangers of thinking you can do surgery after marathoning Grey's Anatomy.
Every actor I've ever seen in any movie or TV show is in this movie, I think. And by that I mean Ray Wise and John Waters (playing a Reverend, of all things) and Malcom McDowell and Joey Lucas from The West Wing and I watched one episode of Modern Family but I think the young sister from that is here, too.
While you're within Excision, it feels kind of meandering. Nothing really means anything, events just occur and only have ramifications towards the end, it's like a series of concepts loosely stitched together. But then the film is turned up to 11 in an…
Films where their style fills the screen so absolutely, substance is but an afterthought.
Only added some that I've seen,…
some of my favorites focusing in depth on female characters