A list of films that originally began life as a short film before being extended into a feature length production.…
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…
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…
Take one part teen drama, add some horror, mix it up with a sniff of darker-than-black comedy and stir well. Serve warm with bloody guts on the side and you have Excision. I know that describing it that simplistic is a large detriment to this movie, because it is the biggest surprise in the horror genre this year thus far.
Excision stars AnnaLynne McCord, who some may know from the teen drama series 90210. I know, I was wary too when I found that out, but this movie proved to me that this girl has some serious acting chops. She plays the part of Pauline, a deranged teenager who is dreaming of becoming a surgeon, but is also dangerously socially…
AnnaLynne McCord is brilliant as Pauline, fucked up teenager, struggling with fitting in at school, a domineering mother and a sick sister. McCord is fully commited to the role and is unrecognizable from her pictures on IMDB, a very brave role for her.
Great body horror film, bloody and twisted.
Brilliantly odd look at the inner world of a teenage psychopath. Plays like A grisly art house horror version of Napoleon Dynamite. Excellent performances and visually arresting with a truly devastating conclusion.
The creepy, disturbed yet somehow endearing protagonist makes this odd little film worth watching. Just make sure you take your comedy black and you have a strong stomach.
Excision is less of an explicit blood and guts film, more of a blood and guts film of the mind. It's a dreamy, subtly skewed portrayal of a suburban family that ends in an explosion of greatness. My main gripe is its pace, which at times can be rather slow, but otherwise it's a wonderfully bizarre character study that I likely won't forget. Seriously, that ending was insane.
A deliciously weird, bizarre and twisted vision from debut director Richard Bates, Jr. (expanding his own short film), Excision has truly searing images that have imprinted themselves upon my brain, as well as some terrific performances from AnnaLynne McCord as the odd teenager with aspirations to be a surgeon, who is also prone to slipping off into twisted sexual daydreams, and Traci Lords (who I surprised to discover is predominantly an adult film star) as her hapless, put-upon mother. As previously mentioned, the visuals are terrific, making Excision one of the most unique, inventive and creative horror films to come along in a good while. Like a bizarre melange of Ginger Snaps, American Mary, Martyrs, May, as well as the work of Tarsem (The Cell, The Fall). Dug this a lot.
Out of all things, I did not expect myself to find the cinematic style of Excision to be reminiscent of Wes Anderson's films. The elongated shots, dynamically-centred subjects, and distinctive characters made for a unique product that feels more experimental than it does traditional horror. However, that is a good thing.
To me, the most provocative element of the film--and what kept me enticed by it--was the startling dream sequences. In understanding AnnaLyne McCord's portrayal of Pauline, a nymphomaniac with a desire to excise, these sequences opened the gateway into her troubled thoughts. They served as something of a secondary narrative that illustrated her peculiar experiences at home and school. It is an interesting character study, and one that should only enhance the film for all audiences. (just as much as the make-up artists enhanced her jaw...)
I would not classify Excision as a horror film, but rather a psychological drama that will leave you smiling and/or disgusted.
"You look great. We'll have to beat the boys off with a stick."
Thought I'd revisit some of the films I bought last year. Excision still holds up very well, but the second viewing was different from the first.
The film is about Pauline, an outcast teenager that wants to be a surgeon some day. As her sexuality begins to spiral she has increasingly disturbing sex dreams, and struggles to survive her high school existence while attempting to be noticed and loved by her domineering mother, sick younger sister and clueless father.
While it begins as a demented comedy, this film becomes darker with every single scene, until the humor is so incredibly dry and pitch black that it's…
Vivid and absolutely insane, but a cleverly detailed insight to Pauline's psyche, without sacrificing attention to the development of the characters around her. Takes a while to get into but once the style's been established, it's near impossible to take your eyes off the screen, even when you wish you could, during THAT final scene.
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