Excision
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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%

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"An overripe mélange of Cronenbergian 'body horror' and alienated Lynchian weirdness."
‑ Nigel Floyd, Time Out
"This is one of the damnedest "adolescent misfit" movies you'll ever see -- for those who can stomach the splatter, that is."
‑ Noel Murray, AV Club
"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
"A very strange and rather disgusting indie thriller."
‑ Andy Lea, Daily Star
"Excision is technically polished juvenilia that provokes without resonance."
‑ Robert Koehler, Variety
"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
"Excision is a supremely nasty piece of work in the best way possible."
‑ Nathan Rabin, AV Club
"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
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