Directed by: Richard Bates Jr.
Starring: AnnaLynne McCord (Pauline), Traci Lords (Mom), Ariel Winter (Grace), Roger Bart (Dad), Jeremy Sumpter (Adam), Malcolm McDowell (Math teacher)
Country: United States
Language: English (English subtitles)
Genres: Gore-Gruesome-Splatter, Necrophilia, Siblings-Family
Plot – Spoilers:
Pauline, a high school teen, lives with her American Beauty type parents and younger sister Grace. Unlike American Beauty though, here the Dad doesn’t look like snapping any time soon out of it. The Mom (Traci Lords) believes she holds the home together and dotes on Grace who is sickly and in need of a lung transplant. Pauline on the other hand is sociopathic and not feminine the way her mother envisages, and rumbles through her days at school and dinner table conversations.
Though the two sisters are diametrically opposite, they share a bond and Grace’s ideal daughter self is more a reflection of her eagerness to please and her dependence on her mother.
Pauline dreams of becoming a surgeon but at the root of her sociopathy is her sexual fascination with gore and dead bodies. The inability to share this with anyone except a Steve Buscemi-type priest who moonlights as her therapist, drives Pauline deeper and deeper into exploring gore and its pleasures through bizarre acts like losing her virginity while on her period and morbid surgeries.
A strong aspect of the movie is the stilted mother-daughter relationship where the mother is disappointed and a bully but with retarded ideas of bridging their divide by including activities like the ‘truth horn’ on their car trips together. She is actually well-meaning but fails to get the glaring fact that her daughter will never be regular. It all culminates in tragedy and the Mom ends up the worst off.
1. Pauline’s sexual fantasies:
What makes these short interspersed scenes great are the aesthetics. The sets and backdrops succeed in making gore and even a foetus being microwaved, beautiful.
2. The sex scene with Adam:
A woman fucking while splashed in crimson glory. Nothing more to say…
3. The transplant operation:
While this isn’t too gorily detailed, the idea is a bit funny like what Mr Bean would get up to if he were into gore and death.