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…
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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…
I did not expect this movie to be so funny. Or to ultimately make me cry at the end.
Pretty funny horror flick about a Godawful teenager and her stupid obsessions.
Casting McCord in the lead was a stroke of genius. She's a model for chrissakes, but she can play ugly. Really ugly in fact. Both inside and out. Terrible little girl. Then we see her in the dream sequences and she is a Godlike beauty. Great casting.
Other casting notes. Traci Lord is really funny. Her character is written really ironically and gets most of the laughs. Malcolm McDowell, John Waters and Laura Palmer's dad also show up and provide some chuckles.
I like these weird simulations of how awful high school was. I went to high school in South Texas and cannot relate to them at all.…
Next level gallows humor meets genuinely creepy concepts and a pure injection of camp into the veins.
I didn't know what to think of this movie really. It was certainly different and falls into the sort of gothic horror genre especially in the lead actresses dream sequences. AnnaLynne McCord is very good as the tortured Pauline, even ex porn star Traci Lords turns up as the girls mother. The film was just very strange even for my taste but I really wanted to watch this as a prelude to Suburban Gothic the directors next film which I hope is better. Not for everyone.
There are movies out there that push the envelope, some to just see what they can get away with but the best ones do it to shake up the status quo. "Excision" is one of the good ones, a darkly comic, disturbing and increasingly distressing film that will greatly divide nearly everyone who watches it.
It plays out like a coming-of-age movie that is the stuff nightmares are made of, a blood-soaked and highly sexualized "Heathers" that loses its comic undertones completely by the time we get to the devastating conclusion. There are times the film does go too far, for example the scene with the aborted fetus, but nearly everything else here (including the numerous times I wanted to…
I'm really torn on this one, part of me loved the imagery and story. it was just SO dark and SO awkward though it left me feeling SO uncomfortable during the whole viewing.
But I guess that is what it was going for, so ... Well done?
Pauline is one of the best written characters (and one of my all-time favorites) to ever appear on the screen. AnnaLynne McCord gives a fantastic performance that completely carries the film and manages to find the balance between hilarious (in a dark, cynical way) and misunderstood in a deranged way. Excision is also bolstered by it's incredibly well written screenplay and disturbing imagery that left an impression on me, even 2 years after I've first seen it.
Richard Bates Jr. definitely saw May a few times. The two films are so similar that it's pretty much impossible that he didn't. While I could sit here all day and make arguments for Excision just being a rip-off, I won't, mainly because it was still really good. The surrealistic dream/imaginary sequences were spaced just far enough apart to keep a certain mood going without detracting from the overall story.
Ghost world meets early Cronenberg. Only much darker with some weird almost Lynchian bits of surrealism. I'm not really sure what to make of this film. During most of it, it seemed to be a very dark comedy masquerading as a horror film only for it to kick it up a notch, or maybe a few notches, at the end.
I think that there is a very interesting central concept at the center of this film. It takes the idea of the "misfit teen" and reframes it within the context that they may be that way because they are deeply disturbed, rather than framing it as just a peculiarity as the character tries to find herself. It situates the mental…
[after his parents have left, thinking he is ill] "They bought it. Incredible! One of the worst performances of my…
a list that is trying to contain every horror film made that is not lost and is found on the…