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A surgery-obsessed teen struggles with her outcast status while plotting to lose her virginity and save her sister from the ravaging effects of cystic fibrosis in this genre-bending shocker from writer/director Richard bates, Jr. Pauline (Annalynne McCord) is a pretty young girl whose penchant for picking scabs has escalated into a fanatical obsession with the flesh. Recognizing this, Pauline's stern mother insists that the young girl visit the church therapist for counseling. Incensed at the prospect of being judged by a religious hypocrite, Pauline only delves deeper into her visceral… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 81%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"An overripe mélange of Cronenbergian 'body horror' and alienated Lynchian weirdness."
‑ Nigel Floyd, Time Out
"Excision isn't for the weak of heart or those hoping for a simple-minded watch, but can most certainly be a rewarding endeavor for any viewer needing a good character piece full of personalities worth a good psycho-analysis."
‑ Matt Donato, We Got This Covered
"charting the horrors of adolescent alienation... writer/director Richard Bates Jr. is the exciting new face of disturbing, demented psychodrama."
‑ Anton Bitel, MovieScope
"You wait years for one quirky, necrophiliac, indie horror to arrive and then...well, only one turns up. Excision is probably why."
‑ Michael Papadopoulos, Sky Movies
"Brave, transgressive, disgusting, thrilling - and boasting a 90210-defying turn from an uglified AnnaLynne McCord - Excision could have been this generation's Carrie."
‑ Rosie Fletcher, Total Film
"Excision is technically polished juvenilia that provokes without resonance."
‑ Robert Koehler, Variety
"I liked this teen comedy-horror flick an awful lot. But then I'm warped."
‑ Rachel Cooke, Observer [UK]
"It could have been David Cronenberg meets Todd Solondz, but ends up more of a cautionary cartoon on things you shouldn't try at home."
‑ Steve Rose, Guardian [UK]
"A very strange and rather disgusting indie thriller."
‑ Andy Lea, Daily Star
"Like the lovechild of Carrie and Napoleon Dynamite, Pauline is the oddball hero of a truly impressive, eccentric teen horror."
‑ Kim Newman, Empire Magazine
"McCord's elfin face has been transformed here with fake heavy eyebrows into something disturbingly simian and her low, uncouth voice provides a really weird sexual charge."
‑ Antonia Quirke, Financial Times
"There's an element of parody to this jet-black comedy, but the film is so creepy that it gets under our skin."
‑ Rich Cline, Contactmusic.com
"This disturbing, demented psychodrama cuts to the heart of teen growing pains."
‑ Anton Bitel, Little White Lies
"It won't be to many people's taste, but for those with strong stomachs, Excision presents a strain of horror that's grounded in real life, and one with more potency that most conventional slasher/torture fare."
‑ Eddie Harrison, The List
"Bates' piercing originality and keen eye for framing and ear for dialogue sets it own precedents, standing tall on the stooped shoulders of Pauline and her teen-dream bloodlust."
‑ Simon Foster, Screen-Space
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