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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
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.
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.
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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