[after his parents have left, thinking he is ill] "They bought it. Incredible! One of the worst performances of my…
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…
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…
Girl in locker room: "You mind if I leave you with some advice?"
Pauline: "Make it quick I gotta take a shit!"
Oh man today has been a good day. Like most of you here on Letterboxd I watch a lot of movies. Some are great, some are good, some are average, and some are horrendous pieces of shit!. However there's a select few films that fall into another category alltogether. They're films you could call my type or thing, or as I prefer my type of shit. They appeal to a certain aspect of my psyche that's completely unique to me. You see like a lot of people whether they're willing to admit it or not I'm a little…
smart and funny dialogue, a surprisingly emotionally cathartic ending, beautiful cinematography, rich colors, fantastic performances, and graphic violence, are all aspects of this movie that help make it one unique coming-of-age story that i will not be forgetting for a long time.
EXCISION is goddamn excellent.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
I'm not quite sure what to say about this film--I've commented before that I'm not a fan of movies that portray little else than a "descent into madness," but fortunately in this film there's a lot more going on. Props to the director for making the protagonist literally vile so that the plot can move without a dependence upon a pure plea for sympathy (with that said, she's not depicted as so entirely unsympathetic that what happens to her doesn't matter: I can't imagine anybody watching the scene where the mother is talking about how our anti-hero is "impossible to love" while the daughter listens from the next room, sobbing without feeling something).
While I was never a teenage girl…
Não vejo muitos motivos para recomendar isso a ninguém, mas há piores (como o The Gallows).
There is no reason to recommend this to anyone, but definetely there are worse stuff being made out there.
I had forgotten about this movie. I watched it again last night via streaming.
Richard Bates, Jr.'s nasty little movie deserves "cred" for attempting something really different within the teen angst / misfit comes of age movie. It is different. It is also particularly nasty in terms of gore.
While Bates does something different with the genre - he borrows a great deal from David Cronenberg without the skill. Even still, it is an interesting film.
AnnaLynne McCord is awesome, like Charlize Theron in Monster. The plot is not that great, but I liked it. A solid dark film.
Nach so einer Freundin hab ich mich mein Leben lang gesehnt. Pauline ist einfach perfekt. Hervorragender Film. Sensationelle Annalynne McCord. Beeindruckende Traci Lords.
My hand was frozen over my face for the last 15 minutes.
The first thing to know about Excision is that Annalynne McCord delivers a brilliant performance as unrepentantly weird teen Pauline. Seriously brilliant. She plays against type here and will be nearly unrecognizable to anyone familiar with her tv work on Nip/Tuck and 90210. More than just stunt casting, this is an indication that nothing in this world is quite as it seems, nor will things turn out quite the way you might expect (or at least hope.) The second thing to know is that Excision is hilarious. Laugh out loud funny. Pauline is outcast at school, and doesn't seem bothered in the least. You can't help but cheer for her as she defiantly plows through a world populated by cruel…
Many favorites, as well as a small handful of films that I don't care for... in no particular order (1960-2014).
Contains every horror film made that is not lost and is found on the letterboxd database.
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