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…
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…
Definir esta película y llamarla rara es quedarse corto, muy corto. Excision es una película muy pulida técnicamente que provoca, pero no tiene resonancia. Escrita y dirigida por Richard Bates Jr. narra la vida de una adolescente antisocial acosada con pesadillas eróticas y ultraviolentas y delirios de convertirse en un cirujana autodidacta.
Al anunciar su perfil con la apertura de los títulos en letras blancas contra un fondo azul turquesa, esta es una película que al instante esta en tu cara y no retrocede. La pregunta persistente, sin embargo, es si la pesadilla suburbana que aparece es nada más que un modo elaborado por sorprender, horror, psicodrama y melodrama en escuela preparatoria, una pantalla de ruido y furia que no…
This is more of a depressing movie for me than a horror/thriller. It is pretty gore, yes, a lot of blood. And as much as I like gore films this one is where I kinda felt like I went out of my comfort zone. Excellent story, interesting plot, and effective acting. A must watch.
Um drama gore, q bonitinho,kkkkkkkkkkkk
I haven't loved a macabre tale like this since the original Ginger Snaps. Outside of an equally twisted character, there isn't much else in common. The blood here is fantastic, the dreams sick and twisted. Sadly the films ending is setup early on so it doesn't offer any surprises but excellent cast, solid direction and top notch gore. I'm sad that I almost passed this over entirely.
So good to me.
The "teen outcast" trope is given a fresh coat of "paint" here. Gorgeously macabre dream sequences combine with a great cast (Traci Lords take a bow) but the ending is as chilling as it is tragically inevitable. Great stuff.
Naomi from 90210 (the reboot) can act. Who knew?
An absolutely wonderful dark comedy-horror flick and an impressive debut from director Richard Bates Jr. The writing is sublime, the casting is spot on, and the direction is superb. I loved it the moment it was over and I suspect my love will only grow with time. I cannot wait to see his most recent effort, Suburban Gothic, nor can I wait for his next film, Trash Fire, which is due out later this year. Barring a sophomore slump, I think I have a new favorite genre filmmaker to add to the pile.
Darkly funny and excellently acted body horror/ drama. It's really one of the first horror films of the last few years. Anna Lynne McCord and Traci Lords are truly incredible in this. It all leads top an unforgettable ending.
I'm waiting to make the jump up to my 300 favorite horror flicks but I'll take the leap soon.
[after his parents have left, thinking he is ill] "They bought it. Incredible! One of the worst performances of my…