some of my favorites focusing in depth on female characters
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…
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…
Poor, doomed Pauline. I love you.
Remarkable and quite original. Basically, it's a darkly-funny look into the mind of a teenage sociopath named Pauline. The bright and popping cinematography, gore, and pyschosexual (god i love that word) themes all perfectly blend together.Mixed with very solid performances. And it also has a great sense of humor to it. As well as cameos that just brighted my day. This is the kind of film that reminds why I tend to look at the Indie side.
Disfruto (y sufro) muchísimo el gore bien trabajado, que tiene razón de ser, que tiene un sentido y funciona para hacer más horripilante alguna historia ya de por si atrayente. Por eso mismo, es en serio un bajón cuando una película quiere parecer muy salvaje y muy intensa sin ninguna cosa que sustente su horror gráfico. Llegué a Excision por las muy buenas notas que tiene en letterboxd y hasta me daba nervios verla porque creí que me la iba a pasar en serio mal. Y sí fue así, pero no por su horror, sino por su pobre historia, sus malas actuaciones y su forma tan floja y previsible de resolver sus conflictos. No le creí nada a la protagonista, a su actitud oscura y mucho menos al momento de su locura.
Y es una pena, porque una película en la que salen Tracy Lords, John Waters, Ray Wise y Malcolm McDowell merecía que sus realizadores le pusieran más ganas.
I went into this film for Traci Lords and John Waters' small part. I came out uttering the words "oh my god" several times.
I think what I liked most about the ending is that the entire time you're wondering what it's all going to come down to and then it just clicks and you're like NOOOOOOOOOOO. That's some gory hideousness wrapped up in what they are trying to convey as some dark comedy.
I think I really enjoyed the ugliness of the film a lot. It was not going for any real #aesthetic with what it was doing. It was trying to be nasty and bloody and little did they know that that is my #aesthetic.
My favorite part? It's one of those films where I said to myself, I want to make art like that. Art that makes people gasp and get sick. That's what I want to do with my life.
The first 70 minutes: "This is OK, a little style-over-substance, but fine"
The last 10: "oh CHRIST"
Less horror, more high school drama with lots of blood. It’s surprisingly effective as an examination of religious upbringing, of the relationship between parent and child during teenage years, and also as a fucked up “oh shit she did what?” genre piece. The ending is hilariously awesome, or awesomely hilarious. Take your pick.
Movies that have such a powerful/memorable/weird/insane/awesome/surprising last scene (or shot) that made you say "THAT ENDING!!!!!" or variations
(Working on organizing it by similar aesthetic.)