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Critic Reviews for Excision
An overripe mélange of Cronenbergian 'body horror' and alienated Lynchian weirdness.
Excision is technically polished juvenilia that provokes without resonance.
Excision is a supremely nasty piece of work in the best way possible.
This is one of the damnedest "adolescent misfit" movies you'll ever see -- for those who can stomach the splatter, that is.
It's the take-no-prisoners enthusiasm with which Bates leaps into his suburban nightmare that makes Excision so interesting.
Audience Reviews for Excision
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.
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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