Excision (2012)

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Avg Rating: 4.3 / 5. Voted: 78

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Year: 2012
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)
Runtime: 01:21:16
Genres: Gore-Gruesome-Splatter, Necrophilia, Siblings-Family, Medical

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.

Favourite Scenes:
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.

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Nims
Nims
September 15, 2020 5:14 pm

I love this movie. I think anyone who visits this site will find the main characters fascination with blood and gore very relatable lol. Annalynne McCord and Traci Lords are both phenomenal and John Waters as the Priest/Therapist who is repulsed by Pauline’s disturbed mind is hilariously ironic if you’re familiar with some of his movies. EUM, you guys rock! I was going to request this but you already beat me to the punch. thanks!

jilly
jilly
September 29, 2020 10:07 pm

obsessed, I love this one!

lyss
lyss
September 30, 2020 8:52 pm

this was actually surprisingly good!

OJ
OJ
November 7, 2020 8:01 am

Not bad at all, although I am not a fan of American movies but this one was alright.

MAYOI
MAYOI
November 22, 2020 7:24 am

pauline do u like girls. if yes i am free monday at noon bae. mentally ill shawtys<3

Pufferpunk
Pufferpunk
December 22, 2020 4:24 am

Watched this on Prime not too long ago. Wonderful to find it again here! One of my faves…

JG
JG
December 28, 2020 4:13 pm

Those akward teenaged years. This was a good watch.. wouldn’t call it effed up maybe just disturbing.

Maniac
Maniac
February 25, 2021 1:25 am

This was a pretty good movie. Pauline is hilarious in her comebacks I loved it!! the movie cuts out just perfectly, leaving the end to the imagination. This is like a cross between Brigette from Ginger Snaps and Napoleon Dynamite. It’s not a scary movie but it is a good thriller and the characters are great actors including ex-pornstar being Traci Lords who plays the mother. Pretty good dark flick.

Baudelaire1869
Baudelaire1869
April 24, 2021 1:26 pm

Great movie! Really liked it!

ruby rain
ruby rain
September 29, 2021 11:12 pm

Bob!!!!!!

buntycunty
buntycunty
October 14, 2021 9:04 pm

i really liked this movie, it gave me some nice american beauty vibes…. but i absolutely hated every single character in it, my fucking god! all of them except for grace…. (SPOILER) that stupid crazy bitch of her sister should have killed herself to donate her lungs to grace

Sticksy617
Sticksy617
October 25, 2021 4:49 am

This movie, I wanna say i enjoyed it, but I don’t know if that’s the right word. it’s extremely disturbing, and not because it has gratuitous violence or sexual assault or anything like that. The lead actress does a really good job of playing this clearly disturbed character. She goes as far as to contort her body in every scene to make herself look weird. The ending was so shocking not because it was any more disturbing than your average horror film, but because we see the main character realize the consequences of her actions. I felt this overwhelming sense of dread that a movie has not been able to get me to feel in a while. Not as gory as Crazy Murder, but arguably more disturbing.

FrankyTeardrop
FrankyTeardrop
November 12, 2021 5:33 am

i look quite a bit like the main character and also am very likely on the spectrum so this was quite a trip to watch, like joker but for women

Cyanide_Lollipop
Cyanide_Lollipop
January 11, 2022 1:35 pm

Awesome. Loved it. The shocking end actually made me gasp out loud. Absolutely brilliant!!

An_Oldboy
An_Oldboy
February 23, 2022 8:54 am

Not a bad little film. The dialogue is good and the highlight of the film imo, particularly the witty one liners from Pauline. Has the added bonus of John Waters playing the vicar. 3.5/5 sutures

john marybeth jr
john marybeth jr
May 29, 2022 6:08 pm

untreated mental illness is a very sad thing

Rumpel
Rumpel
May 29, 2022 9:46 pm

not horrible just plainly boring not effedup at all. I should know since I saw the girl from modern family this was going to be cheesy

muffles
muffles
June 25, 2022 9:34 am

The pacing was off and so was the continuity. Add to that the many other errors and I was distracted. Even the ending was fluffed. People seem to have enjoyed it but for me it felt like the fantasy scenes were just stitched together with a plot to make a film.

iggy
iggy
July 16, 2022 8:45 pm

need more movies like this and Aimy in a Cage: movies about psychotic teenage girls whose family just doesn’t get it.

Ginseng
Ginseng
August 2, 2022 9:48 pm

She just like me fr fr