Sunday, November 4, 2012

Excision Review

2012 81 minutes


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.


I really enjoyed this movie a lot. I made the mistake of reading reviews beforehand, and the only thing I could say is that I didn't like any of the reviews that I read, they all made the movie sound pretty bad. I watched it anyways and I am glad that I did. 

AnnaLynne McCord was well cast as Pauline who is a sociopath but doesn't realize it.Traci Lords is a controlling bitch of a mother and also plays her part quite well. I really liked the way the movie is shot as well, the movie has a lot of dream sequences and they are all filmed in a very otherworldly manner. If I had to compare this film or find a way to describe it, I think I would say that it's a mash up of The Holy Mountain and The Chumscrubber. 

I think this movie is a pretty good example of what can be done with an extremely low budget. One complaint would be the low use of some great actors (John Waters, Ray Wise, Malcolm McDowell) but this might be attributed to that low budget. 

This is really not a film that everyone would enjoy, it will and probably should only be watched by a certain portion of the film going public. It contains *very* graphic scenes and deals with some taboo subjects. The picture below can give you an idea of what we're dealing with

                                                             (Don't say I didn't warn you)

If you like gore and subversive comedy, I think this is the film for you, just... Be prepared.

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