Posted August 13, 2010 in


Richard Bates, Jr.

Some blood, a crazy bitch, a dying girl, overbearing parents and free jump ropes are all things you will find in this movie. Family betrayals and snotty neighbor kids drive the crazies even crazier, resulting in at least two wonderfully bloody corpses in this 18 minute ordeal of bloodlust and psychopathy.

Condensed into a terse 18 minutes, Excision tries a little too hard to make the viewer feel empathy toward a boyish sociopath who just loves to cut living things apart. Maybe I'm just shallow, but I was really hoping that this movie would follow one of two paths. One of those paths would involve the main character going on an organ-stealing rampage in Time Square. The other would be a plot-line about some half-wit valley girl addicted to getting plastic surgery on her horribly disfigured face. Instead, a strange looking boy/girl hybrid cried about not being loved, extracted the heart and liver out of a dead crow, cried a little more and then finally acted out her sick little fantasy for the last 25 seconds of the film.

If it were a full-length film, the characters could have been fleshed out a little more. Personalities could have been built up, allowing me to feel something for this strange bunch of suburban white people. Instead, I was left wondering what was really wrong with all of these people. Why were they as fucked up as they were? Left with no attachment to anyone really, I only found comfort that at least two people died, and another would probably live her life in a padded cell shortly after the film ended. Ross Solomon


Posted January 23, 2012 in

Still of AnnaLynne McCord in Excision

Sundance Film Festival
Director: Richard Bates Jr.

In his directorial debut, Richard Bates racks up multiple points for the fucked up in this twisted horror-story-meets-teen-comedy. AnnaLynne McCord steps out of her usual “vixen” roles to play Pauline—a greasy, acne-ridden teenager with bizarre sexual fantasies centered on performing surgery on strangers. Her parents are disturbed by her and her classmates repulsed, but despite all of Pauline's oddities, her younger sister Grace (who suffers from cystic fibrosis) seems to understand her … sort of. The film features all sorts of stellar cameos too—John Waters plays Reverend William, who Pauline is sent to for therapy, and Ray Wise plays the principal of Pauline’s school. Traci Lords also stars as Pauline’s flawless mother. Excision doesn’t fall victim to the trappings of an independent horror film. Although there is plenty of blood, a few disgusting sex acts, vomiting and, of course, some surgery, it’s clear that Bates knows the genre well and the disgusting scenes serve a purpose outside of simple repulsion. Every violent and grotesque scene moves the story forward and better explains the complexity of the characters. Excision is a film that was built to be a cult classic. 



Time: 7:30 pm Date: 1/24/2012 Venue: Holiday Village Cinema 4

Time: 11:45 pm Date: 1/25/2012 Venue: Library Center Theatre

Time: Midnight  Date: 1/27/2012 Venue: Tower Theatre

Time: Midnight Date: 1/28/2012 Venue: Egyptian Theatre


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