Excision (2012) Brief Review: Brought by first-time feature direction Richard Bates Jr., and based on his own 2008 short movie of the same name, “Excision” is a coming-of-age horror drama, with some fine touches of dark humor, in the same vein as Lucky McKee’s horror gem “May”, and driven by its central character Pauline – a teen girl with morbid, yet vivid imagination, and twisted sexual desires. “Excision” is one of those horror movies, that avoids obvious scares, but still manages to be shocking and disturbing, thanks to the well-thought-out script that take us on a mental journey to one sick girl’s mind. It also delivers on the gore and gross out horror, but in a very artsy sort of way. Considering the tiny budget it was made on, “Excision” looks quite aesthetically pleasing to the eye, however, Richard Bates Jr.’s direction is nothing-to-write-home-about really, which on the other hand isn’t much of an issue, because “Excision” is all about the characters. “Nip/Tuck”‘s own, the stunning AnnaLynne McCord, is barely recognizable as the freaky misfit, Pauline. She demonstrates a surprising amount of acting talent, and fully dominates the screen with her oddly captivating performance. Traci Lords is engagingly over-the-top as the controlling mother two, and the supporting cast does a solid job as well. The ending is gut-wrenchingly genius, if a bit predictable, and the true ‘cherry on top’ of Bates Jr.’s weird, yet unsettling piece of work.
Excision (2012) Overall Summary: It certainly won’t be everyone’s cup of tea, but those seeking for something different, odd, bizarre, unusual and, well, sick, will remain deeply satisfied with Richard Bates Jr.’s nasty little horror movie, “Excision”, as it delivers all of that in spades, and then some.