Excision (2012)




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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 prospect of being judged by a religious hypocrite, Pauline only delves deeper into her visceral fantasies while concocting an ingenious plan to impress her mother. Meanwhile, as Pauline begins devising ways to combat her younger sister's cystic fibrosis, her adolescent hormones kick into overdrive. Traci Lords and John Waters co-star. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
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Traci Lords
as Phyllis
Ray Wise
as Principal Campbell
Matthew Gray Gubler
as Mr. Claybaugh
Malcolm McDowell
as Mr. Cooper
John Waters
as William
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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 29, 2012
Time Out
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Excision is technically polished juvenilia that provokes without resonance.

Full Review… | January 23, 2012
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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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It's the take-no-prisoners enthusiasm with which Bates leaps into his suburban nightmare that makes Excision so interesting.

Full Review… | August 26, 2015

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

Audience Reviews for Excision

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.

Daniel Parsons
Daniel Parsons

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Teen angst and psychosexual gore? Sign me up. Excision worked in all the right ways. It took proto-typical artsy gore to an entirely new level that seemed almost ethereal. The way it fit into a stereotypically dark goth girl was both entertaining and psychologically distressing, up to the last 5 minutes that still have me in a fit of rage. This film is the Carrie/Donnie Darko of a desensitized generation, and it's great.

DA Zapata
DA Zapata

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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.

The Movie Waffler
The Movie Waffler

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