Excision (2012)

Excision

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A surgery-obsessed teen struggles with her outcast status while plotting to lose her virginity and save her sister from the ravaging effects of cystic fibrosis in this genre-bending shocker from writer/director Richard bates, Jr. Pauline (Annalynne McCord) is a pretty young girl whose penchant for picking scabs has escalated into a fanatical obsession with the flesh. Recognizing this, Pauline's stern mother insists that the young girl visit the church therapist for counseling. Incensed at the … More

Rating: R
Genre: Horror
Directed By:
Written By: Richard Bates, Jr.
On DVD: Oct 16, 2012
Runtime:
Anchor Bay Films

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Critic Reviews for Excision

All Critics (21) | Top Critics (4)

An overripe mélange of Cronenbergian 'body horror' and alienated Lynchian weirdness.

Full Review… | October 30, 2012
Time Out
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Excision is technically polished juvenilia that provokes without resonance.

Full Review… | January 24, 2012
Variety
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Excision is a supremely nasty piece of work in the best way possible.

Full Review… | January 23, 2012
AV Club
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This is one of the damnedest "adolescent misfit" movies you'll ever see -- for those who can stomach the splatter, that is.

Full Review… | January 23, 2012
AV Club
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McCord's elfin face has been transformed here with fake heavy eyebrows into something disturbingly simian and her low, uncouth voice provides a really weird sexual charge.

Full Review… | November 8, 2012
Financial Times

Excision isn't for the weak of heart or those hoping for a simple-minded watch, but can most certainly be a rewarding endeavor for any viewer needing a good character piece full of personalities worth a good psycho-analysis.

Full Review… | November 4, 2012
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Audience Reviews for Excision

one star

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½

Like a blending of Solondz and Jodorowsky, Bates' debut is a derivative piece of high-school horror in the vein of "Donnie Darko". McCord plays a despicable teen who displays contempt for everything and everyone around her. With a view to saving her cystic fibrosis suffering sister, she obsesses over surgery texts. In a piece of ironic casting, Lords is fantastic as her conservative mother but the casting choices reveal Bates intent to make a "cult movie", not something you can create on purpose.
There are moments of bad taste seemingly designed solely for shock value, worst of all a dream sequence involving a microwaved foetus. At only eighty minutes I suspect there are even more atrocities awaiting restoration for the DVD release. No doubt this will become a minor hit among a certain type of teen, those who purposely exclude themselves from society in an attempt to appear individual. Grown-ups are best off avoiding however.

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The Movie Waffler

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AnnaLynne McCord and Traci Lords are extraordinary in this disturbingly funny and nightmarish cross between "May" and "Carrie". Highly stylised, at times almost fairy-tale like in execution, "Excision" definitely won't be for everyone but it is an extremely accomplished piece.

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Daniel Parsons

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