Mixes horror/dark comedy traits with the dynamics of a domestic drama. The conflict and narrative arc is present but not heavy until near the end: Pauline's descent into madness, and her need to prove herself and connect with her mom (the last shot shows how much this disassociation has affected her.) Excision is a tragedy and an anomaly: a horror-comedy that's dark and disturbing but also oddly heartfelt.
This is a horror/drama that doesn't really deliver in either category. Everyone is playing a caricature, so any meaningful resonance goes right out the window. The horror elements are non-existent, unless you consider gore as horror. Surprisingly, Excision's main strength lies in it's humor, which is dry as a bone.
AnnaLynn McCord's performance is superb here as the gawky and increasingly strange teenager Pauline, she is matched by a coldly prim performance from Traci Lords as her suburban mother. Some of the grotesque surgical inserts are like outtakes from a LadyGaGa video, which makes them quite mesmerising. The film has a satisfyingly obvious narrative arc, which enables the dialogue to zing back-and-forth.
Esto es cualquier cosa menos una película de terror. "Excision" tiene de comedia negra, pero yo diría más de drama, uno que es retorcido. La frustración de una adolescente y una madre, es el típico cuadro de una familia escindida y que está marcada por la tragedia; una hija moribunda. Lo molestoso del filme: ese juego alucinatorio que mezcla a Matthew Barney y Lady Gaga en un diseño de arte. Waters...¡vamos!
Such a huge switch from girl next door in 90210 to a disturbed character in Excision. AnnaLynne McCord did such a good job playing the role of Pauline in this one. Beautiful Kubrik-esque cinematography. Richard Bates Jr. is such a promising director, knowing that this is his very first film.