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STAR RATINGS EXPLAINED
Unmissable 5 Stars
Excellent 4 Stars
Good 3 Stars
Poor 2 Stars
Tragic 1 Star

FILM DETAILS
Certificate
18
Cast
AnnaLynne McCord
Traci Lords
Roger Bart.
Directors
Richard Bates Jr..
Screenwriters
Richard Bates Jr..
Running Time
81 minutes

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Excision
Demented, deranged, delirious


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Plot
Teen Pauline (McCord) lives with domineering, neurotic mum Phyllis (Lords) and mild-mannered dad Bob (Bart). Her disinterest in her appearance is matched by her increasingly out-there behaviour that stems from her multiple personalities.


Review
Excision
Teen eccentric Pauline (AnnaLynne McCord) clashes with her rigid mom (Traci Lords) and cowed dad (Roger Bart) over her multiple peculiarities, which include a necrophile fetish that leads to surreal, sexy-but-sick dreams. She also nurtures an ambition to be a surgeon so she can save the life of her sister, who suffers from cystic fibrosis. Writer-director Richard Bates Jr.’s debut feature is one of the most extraordinarily odd, impressive films of the year, riffing on teen and horror conventions, showcasing remarkable acting and telling an affecting, shocking story with precision and wit.


Verdict
Like the lovechild of Carrie and Napoleon Dynamite, Pauline is the oddball hero of a truly impressive, eccentric teen horror.


Reviewed by Kim Newman

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keeping the balance

I don't see how this is getting a 5 star rating, it was quite boring and seems a bit drawn out considering it's quite a short film. I didn't like the lead actress, her performance was quite bad I thought. Pointless and only mildly entertaining. ... More

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Posted by Gram Woods at 19:41, 08 January 2013 | Report This Post


Just finished watching this. Absolutely blinding film. One of the best body horror movies in years. ... More

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