[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…
I find most horror comedies unbearable, I found the mix here with the gruesome and the black comedy too much for me, others love it but this will have to go down as just not my thing.
I loved the performances in this: the casting was near-perfect and all the characters, in particular Annalynne McCord and Traci Lords (yes, Traci Lords, the ex-pornstar! Who knew she could act so well?! I am seriously impressed!), were well-presented, so that despite the short movie runtime, you still felt you could relate to them somehow. But I felt very letdown by how abruptly the movie ended. All that build-up certainly deserved a longer, more elaborate conclusion.
this movie is my aesthetic
Annalynne McCord does wonders as the disturbed high schooler who dreams of becoming a surgeon.
The direction achieves a clinical feel throughout, helping with the continual atmosphere of unease, the bit parts of cult figures also help (John Waters as a reverend most notably) even if they're not necessarily given much to do.
But as good as it is overall, it still feels a bit long even at only 81 minutes (including five of end credits).
Something of a companion piece to Lucky McKee's The Woman in its adaptation of gore/horror imagery to the purposes of an indie/arthouse flick. AnnaLynne McCord tackles her role with aplomb and some of the images are excitingly unusual. It does, however, go a little broad with some of its ideas and performances and there's something about the construction of it that is a bit inelegant. It's still worth a try if this is your kind of thing though.
its biggest flaw was that it didn't try to make any point, for better or worse, and that makes the experience quite incomplete.
Empathy for the troubled lead character Pauline, a sardonic 16-year-old who experiences increasingly violent and bloody nightmares/visions, quickly erodes because, well, she's just so nasty to everyone! That makes her an extremely atypical protagonist and AnnaLynne McCord deserves considerable credit for tackling such an unflattering role with aplomb, but the payoff, albeit shocking, is really not worth the journey. We never understand her or her dementia and the visions are truly disturbing. On the plus side, Traci Lords likely has the biggest role - make that the biggest speaking role - of her career in a wry slice of casting as Pauline's bitchy repressive mother.
Like a gorier, gonzo Stoker. AnnaLynne McCord is phenomenal as the weirdest weird girl in high school, and the make-up department works what looks like literal magic on her to make her into this strange teenager. Traci Lords, too, is phenomenal and even subtle in her role as a mother who never expected this to happen to her.
The pacing could use some work, however - it felt a little drawn out (while cotillion IS horrific, that plotline could have been cut without much being lost) and the ending felt rushed.
That said, while the end was an inevitable car crash, my heart was still in my throat when the credits rolled. Less horror as in monster, more horror at how absurdly cruel some things can be.
Many favorites, as well as a small handful of films that I don't care for... in no particular order (1960-2014).