Phyllis screams and rushes her daughter, before eventually beginning to hug her, because Pauline is still her child and she realizes that her neglectful nature to Pauline's problems has in part led to what happened. It slowly builds to an epic conclusion that is likely to leave the viewer in a state of shock. When she first propositions the kid he laughs it off, but, being a teenage boy and therefore physically incapable of turning down any possibility of sexual contact, he later changes his mind. Visually it is intensely graphic and at times equally as disturbing. This film is about Pauline, a young woman 18yo who lives with her family and her younger sister Grace who has Cystic Fibrosis. Excision, a troubling statement of delusion and teenage angst, works for so many reasons. At one part, before the gruesome climax, Pauline has self-diagnosed that she has Borderline Personality Disorder.
So she teaches herself surgical skills by piercing her nose, among other things. She says and does fairly despicable things but she possesses such a high level of self-assurance that she almost seems justified in her actions. She then kidnaps her bratty next door neighbor Kimberly and also knocks out her sister Grace. Where it all ends up is perhaps too abruptly awful, almost like a cheap, unexpected punchline that plays on shock value without giving us anything more to ponder. Be warned, Excision is not for the faint-hearted. While reality Pauline is unremarkable, fantasy Pauline is a blood-soaked goddess. A million other horror movie protagonists had it way worse, but who sets the horror movie crazy-o-meter? As the days pass, Pauline becomes more and more delusional.
Seen as freak by most of her schoolmates thanks to her dirty and acne-covered appearance, Pauline hardly cares. Even her life at school seems strangely reminiscent of 90210 meets Psycho. A true sociopath, we can only watch in terror as her eventual plan to prove that she has the skills to be a surgeon come to fruition. It's also a deranged coming-of-age tale about Pauline McCord , a teen outcast who delusionally believes that she is destined to be a great surgeon. Adventuresome cult movie lovers tired of the soulless quality of bigger budgeted studio based productions should appreciate the daring with which Bates approaches this material. Regardless of that argument, Excision is still a very entertaining film. Excision is a tale of fraught relationships and teenage dreams that border on nightmares.
He takes full advantage of the 2. . As hopelessness and resentment drives a wedge between Pauline and her mother Traci Lords , her shockingly deviant sexual fantasies become all the more enmeshed with reality. The faculty in her school include Malcom McDowell A Clockwork Orange , Matthew Gray Gubler Criminal Minds , and Ray Wise Twin Peaks. Even John Waters pops up as a shady priest.
She passes her time daydreaming of blood-soaked erotic encounters. Watch it if you think you can. The conclusion is reached at just the right moment and the picture says and does everything it needs to in just an hour and 21 minutes. Instead she dreams of being a surgeon even though she lacks the discipline or mental readiness required for that kind of profession. Pauline McCord is an odd duck.
And she is so hostile and socially awkward that the viewer will have a hard time deciding whether to love her, hate her, or feel sorry for her. Pauline AnnaLynne McCord an alienated, disturbed high school student is searching for acceptance by her family. She eventually finds Pauline in the garage, next to the two dead girls. Excision is written and directed by up-and-coming genre film director Richard Bates Jr. She is an outcast at school and has a terribly strained relationship with her mother at home. She also propositions a hot classmate Sumpter about losing her virginity, partly because this is in her master plan and partly to annoy his mean-girl girlfriend McCook , and he doesn't refuse. Pauline shaves her head, then takes Grace and Kimberley into the garage and begins her surgery.
Excision stars AnnaLynne McCord as Pauline, a severely troubled young woman with a very ill younger sister. But as the story continues, it gets seriously depraved. The tension in their relationship is palpable. Excision stars AnnaLynne McCord, Tracy Lords, Ariel Winter, Malcom McDowell, Roger Bart and Ray Wise. And Waters is dryly hilarious as the sardonic priest Pauline is forced to see for counselling. And even if it feels a bit ridiculous, the story challenges us with an exploration of bullying and social pressure that's deeply unsettling. Be prepared to be grossed out.
Phyllis screams one more time and the screen goes black, leaving what happens next unknown. However, it is clear that her delusions have overtaken Pauline; she is not using sterile equipment, respirators, or a team to assist her in the process. She cuts out Kimberley's lungs and puts them into Grace. This is a coming-of-age film to be certain, giving us more than ample character background and motivation along the way. Pauline is a dynamic character to which the audience does not know quite how to react. This is most notable when Pauline decides she wants to lose her virginity while she is having her period. Phyllis comes home and finds Bob tied up.
But oh, how she pulls at the heartstrings, both figuratively and literally, in spite of her morbid behavioral tics. But as this is all happening around her she has a plan, a plan that will leave them all shocked, and some people may not survive. To stir the pot even more, the two groups are each playing against type. That character is Pauline AnnaLynne McCord, in an utterly fearless performance , a strange and off putting teenage girl living with a sister Ariel Winter who has cystic fibrosis, a reserved father Roger Bart , and a demanding mother long ago porn queen Traci Lords, who finally gets a chance to show some real acting chops whose love Pauline desperately tries to win, while deluding herself into thinking she could have a career in surgery. The 2012 directorial debut of Richard Bates Jr.
It features some absolutely grotesque body horror sequences but they are beautiful to Pauline. Pauline Anna Lynne McCord is dealing with a bit more than the average white suburbanite high-schooler. Meanwhile, her mother Lords makes it clear that she doesn't like Pauline, treating her husband Bart like dirt while doting on Grace. Pauline is a fascinating character. The film is based on his 2008 short film of the same name. However, the film is so enrapturing that the audience cannot look away. The fantasy elements of this film are definitely detached from reality, yet it has this universal connection to anyone who was an awkward teenager.