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…
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…
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 twisted coming of age tale, with a protagonist who has a sexual fascination with blood. Both horrifying and comical at the same time, "Excision" is an incredible piece of work. Inventive dream sequences help to colour the more down-to-earth character drama. While Annalynne McCord is exceptionally brilliant in the central role, Traci Lords also gives a great performance as her mother.
Ranked in my top 10 of 2012 here:
Imagine if you would a world where Tim Burton was an angst teenager who just graduated high school today and instead of loving Dracula loved Pinhead. That's pretty much this movie and I mean this in all negative ways.
Excision is an interesting hyper-sexualized and hyper-violent teenage drama with obvious horror elements due to the plentiful gore. It mostly plays out as a very Solondzian character drama where a teenager named Pauline lives with her religious mother, played by Traci Lords in the role of her life, her terminally ill little sister and spineless father. The script portrays a lot of wit that never goes into the Juno/Hipster-ish territory, so you can watch this even if you have no soul and hate Juno for whatever reason. The ending is deliriously sickening, but the trip to get there can occasionally feel a bit too slow, even though there's never a scene that doesn't have at least a good shot in…
I may be betraying my own stanards for rating in giving this a middling rating. A great horror film requires heart, nerve, and worthy collaborators. The characters on this are all disgusting one way or the other with genuine empathy for characters who'd a few momments before had done something repulsive. Excision is raw, gross, and for far too many scenes, unsubtle. I think keeping the uninspired cameo page in Rob Zombie's book in his book could have benefited Excision greatly. Every scene with Malcom Mcdowell, John Waters, the dad from Twin Peaks (sorry, man) is underwritten and could maybe even just be cut from the picture. The heightened family drama got to me more this time than before, and although, I stillbfound most of the fantasy sequences tedious, I think this one's worthy of a recommendation to any fan of the horror genre
Hammerharter Film. Ganz ruhig erzählt er die Geschichte von Pauline, die ganz schön einen an der Waffel hat. Man schwankt zwischen Ekel und Sympathie, denn irgendwie hat Pauline mit vielen Dingen, die sie kritisiert, recht - andererseits ist ihre Anti-Haltung gegenüber allem unfassbar anstrengend.
Mal muss man schmunzeln, mal muss man sich angewidert wegdrehen.
Höhepunkt ist sicherlich die Szene, in der die Mutter sich gegenüber ihrem Mann beklagt, man könnte dieses Mädchen nicht lieben (sie habe es versucht), während Pauline das Gespräch nebenan mithört und bitterlich weint. Ganz großartig gespielt!
Das Ende ist nicht unbedingt überraschend, aber in seiner Radikalität trotzdem mitreißend.
Like a horror version of Napoleon Dynamite, with the best dream sequences ever.
Well, I don't really know where to start with this tragic, violent, blood soaked horror. The film follows Pauline (AnnaLynne McCord), a mentally unwell teenage girl whose sister (Ariel Winter) is dying from cystic fibrosis, is bullied by her mum, and has her fair share of disturbing psycho-sexual fantasies. She wants to become a surgeon but doesn't really care for school.
I watched it on Friday night but still can't tell what I should think of it. On the one hand, I really fucking loved it. The way Pauline slips further and further into her psychosis is done expertly well, keeping you on her side even when she's being incredibly ... I want to say evil, but that would be…
- 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); 615-632 are not ordered yet.
- Night of the Living Dead
- Night of the Living Dead
- Dawn of the Dead
- Dawn of the Dead
- Day of the Dead
Horror movies are by far my favorite, so I've decided to make a list with all of them I remember…