Excision – USA, 2012 – reviews



Excision is a 2012 American dark comedy horror film written and directed by Richard Bates Jr. (Suburban GothicTrash Fire). It is a feature-length adaptation of Bates Jr.’s 2008 short film of the same title (click link below) and stars AnnaLynne McCord, Traci Lords and Ariel Winter.

Pauline is a disturbed and delusional high school student with aspirations of a career in medicine. She goes to extremes to earn the approval of her controlling mother. She fantasizes performing surgery on the other students. She has vivid dreams about herself and others being mutilated with excessive amounts of blood.

Meanwhile, Pauline has a younger sister named Grace that has cystic fibrosis, who she decides to save at any cost…


Excision is a suburban horror that becomes increasingly weird and warped as it progresses. It’s unlike anything you’ll have seen before, and for that alone deserves praise.

With the stylish direction from Bates, the remarkably performances from the lead actresses and a very, very messed up collection of visual images, this is one to savour.

David Flint, MOVIES and MANIA

Other reviews:

“Bold, confident and incredible vivid, Bates Jr.’s Excision is a must-see for anyone who enjoys their horror films with a liberal seasoning of humour and a demented desire to repulse and entertain in equal measure.’ Cine Vue

‘ …first-time director Richard Bates is the real star here. He deftly uses black humor to underscore his script’s brutality, and his visual flair — Pauline’s gory yet gorgeous dream sequences are part Matthew Barney, part Dario Argento — turns this dark coming-of-age story into a genuine nightmare.’ Rolling Stone


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Cast and characters:

  • AnnaLynne McCord as Pauline
  • Traci Lords as Phyllis (Not of This Earth)
  • Ariel Winter as Grace
  • Roger Bart as Bob
  • Jeremy Sumpter as Adam
  • Malcolm McDowell as Mr. Cooper
  • Matthew Gray Gubler as Mr. Claybaugh
  • Marlee Matlin as Amber
  • Ray Wise as Principal Campbell
  • John Waters as William
  • Molly McCook as Natalie
  • Natalie Dreyfuss as Abigail
  • Cole Bernstein as Kimberly
  • Emily Bicks as Breanna
  • Brennan Bailey as Sebastian
  • Matthew Fahey as Nathan
  • Sidney Franklin as Timothy


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