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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…
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“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…
That was not what I expected.
This is unquestionably gross to watch in parts but somehow it's always so aesthetically pleasing despite that. I want all movies to look as nice as this one does.
I watched the short this was based on for the first time a month or two ago and I'd sort of forgotten how much the movie added in terms of the teenage/coming-of-age aspect of Pauline's story. It makes me love it so much more tbh...
This is so honestly so good.
This was wild from start to finish
This violence in this movie is most of what's mentioned when it's brought up. I actually found it quite funny, the interactions the characters have are quirky and the pace of the movie is brisk. It had me chortling quite a few times. Good to watch for some quick gallows humor.
Girl looked like one of the Geico cavemen..
When a too prudish/bossy/paranoid mother and a too passive/listless father have two daugthers both unhealthy but just one physically it is clear that this parents will be difficult in deal with the daugther with the mental disorder and even will tend to ignore her real problem...
Unfortunately the society/family is much more prepared for physical illnesses than psychiatric diseases and they have too much difficult in accept this second case of diseases too.
Sad/hard but true...
The amazing acting by the lead actress, the interesting/impressive symbolism in the main character's dreams and yhe oscilation between dark humor, gore and drama make this film something hard to forget in the next times.
UNEXPECTED JOHN WATERS CAMEO!!!
Man, I would have loved the shit out of this movie had I seen it as a teenager. As an adult, I certainly like it, but I feel that there's a better movie hidden away in there somewhere. Excision does an excellent job of presenting a believably alienated and socially awkward teen. AnnaLynne McCord is perfect in this role. At once, she's vulnerable, strong, bizarre, and sympathetic. McCord whispers her way through the film, hunched over, scowling and smirking. Yet somehow, she's entirely likeable — a quirky underdog with a violent streak. Unfortunately, McCord is surrounded by mostly lacklustre performances. Traci Lords is the main offender. Lords is great when she's in a campy John Waters film, not so much…
"I'm a real messy bitch. A liar. A scammer. I love robbery and fraud. I'm a messy bitch who lives…
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