Film review: Excision
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3/5Stories of isolated youth and teen angst are a well-worn cinematic path. Basically teenage outcasts just need to fit-in to be happy. If only they’d change their hair and get some new clothes everything would be OK! Excision is something completely different – a horrible glimpse at the world of real outsiders, that no amount of new clobber or makeovers can cure. AnnaLynne McCord’s (her from 90210) Pauline is a true delusional outcast. Pauline dissects road kill. Pauline fantasises about performing surgery on strangers. For Pauline sex and blood fantasies melt into one. She disturbs her parents and her schoolmates. The only person who understands her is her younger sister Grace (Ariel Winter) who suffers from cystic fibrosis. Pauline becomes convinced that the way to mend the rift in her family relationships is to perform a risky operation on her sister... Excision is a stylish horror that sees director Richard Bates Jr creating a visual feast with his directorial debut and a cast that slots nicely into the claustrophobic world that feeds Pauline’s warped delusions.
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