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…
This anxious chronicle of girlhood morbidity often feels too close and sympathetic to its teenage protagonist's over-familiar solipsistic nihilism, affecting a snide, narrow tone and a schematically symmetrical formality that deny any real inner-life to the middle-America dystopia that the movie, like the myriad self-satisfied middle-class sneers at middle-class complacency that have preceded it, righteously aims to upend. As a dark satire, it's too afflicted by a scattershot sloppiness that reduces all its target to ready-made apple pie kitsch. Director Richard Bates scores meager points just by miscasting John Waters as an incredulous minister shocked by all the morbid banalities of slightly abnormal adolescent sexuality, a symptom of an unfortunate penchant for distracting trash star stunt casting (see Malcolm McDowell…
A Dark (and quite disturbing) teen comedy-drama, with enough blood and gore to satisfy the gorehounds.
Teenage-Psychodrama mit Horror-Ende, Traumbilder in opulent-opernhafter Ästhetik, aber auch einer Menge Luft. Tochter flüchtet in den Wahn und paramedizinische Hobbys. Regisseur Bates Jr zog seinen eigenen Kurzfilm fürs Kinodebüt in die Länge, aber nicht gleichzeitig wirklich in die Tiefe. So bleibt die Familienkonstellation mit böser Mutter (Traci Lords) und konturlosem Vater eher Karikatur, während es "Ginger Snaps" z.B. weit besser zeigte. Nebendarsteller: John Waters, Malcolm McDowell. Ganz gut, aber nicht sehr gut.
Hilarious and grim in equal measures. A career defining performance by AnnaLynne McCord that would have been true Oscar bait in any other genre than Horror. This is matched by Traci Lords raising her game like never before as the best mother from Hell I've seen since "Carrie".
Brilliantly and hilariously twisted with a superb central performance by AnnaLynne McCord. Fantastic.
Excision's visually ripe fantasy sequences had me cringing and hooked from the first frame. It's nice to see a horror film that isn't dingy and dark. Everything is lit so brightly that the horror is completely visible. While not the most interesting story, it's unique and unconventional. It seemed like most of the real world scenes weren't as interesting, and just sort of placed in there to bridge gaps between the flesh-fantasy sections. Even so, the ending packed a punch.
This was Richard Bates Jr.'s debut film. Excited to see what he ends up doing next.
At the end of this movie I had tears in my eyes.
- Under the Skin
- Tropical Malady
- 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
- Christiane F.
My six hundred favorite films (1940-2014); 618-653 are not ordered yet.
- Men, Women & Children
- The Bling Ring
- The Poughkeepsie Tapes
- Magic Magic
Films that I find to be (either only a bit or way too) lowly rated on Letterboxd; these are just…