Notable Cast: Annalynne McCord, Traci Lords, Ariel Winter, Roger Bart, Malcolm McDowell, Ray Wise, John Waters
After numerous recommendations from trusted allies to the horror brood, I finally got around to seeing the much hyped "Excision." Word on the street was that the film was ultimately unsettling and often quite intense and these claims are certainly spot on. Although the film takes on a more subtle and psychological form of horror than say a true blue blood and guts style, "Excision" unnerved me in many ways particularly when it came the realistic ways that it cut out the 'life' of our leading young woman. What I didn't expect was how effective it would balance its intensity with extremely dark humor...and how spot on that worked here.
Pauline (McCord) is slightly off. Her life as a high school student has been anything but perfect as she sits as an outsider to the popular kids and her home life is not a dream either. In fact, her overbearing mother (Lords) rarely even tries to understand her while the focus of the parents is on her sick sister Grace (Winter). It's through her sister and her delusional fantasies about blood and surgery that she devises a plan to make herself known to the world, a plan that might be more than she bargained for.
|Yes, a delightful mother/daughter relationship of pure understanding.
|Both compelling and gory! Now that's art!
|This is what the new "90210" will do to you...
"Excision" made its mark on my psyche in how it superbly blended dark humor, real life grounded work, and horror elements into a ball of disturbing right hooks. It's a film that does lack focus and urgency to get us to truly jump into the ride with full investment, but the end result did itch under my skin...despite its obvious flaws. This is a film that comes highly recommended as a true example of artistic thoughtful horror and I suggest taking a gander at it as soon as possible...if only to get one to think about how we treat one another.
Written By Matt Reifschneider