Excision – movie review

Oh boy, what did I get myself into?

I’ve been looking for a movie similar to Raw for ages now. This seemed like it would be something similar so I knew that I had to check it out. “Excision” is a 2012 horror film written and directed by Richard Bates Jr. Based on his short movie by the same name that came out a few years prior.

The main character is Pauline, an outcast high schooler who is obsessed with being a surgeon. She is a part of a very dysfunctional family with a very controlling mother, a distant father and her younger sister who is suffering from lung disease. On top of that, she has weird dreams that revolve around blood and gore. And that is mostly what the plot is about. Pauline and her weird ways of exploring and learning about medicine while trying to get the approval from her parents.

I’m a big fan of weird movies. I love all kinds of them. But this was something else. I don’t know how to feel about it once I finished it. Visually, the movie is stunning. There are some amazing cinematography and usage of colors. The acting was also superb, mainly AnnaLynne McCord who played Pauline. It was some of the best acting that I’ve seen in a while. There were also some very interesting cameos in the movie such as Malcolm McDowell, John Waters, and Ray Wise.

But other than that, there was not a lot of plot and depth that would reel you in. And yet, somehow the movie still managed to do that. I don’t think that I’ve come across a movie such as that. But that could have been mainly because of Pauline herself, who was a fantastic character. It is a shame that the plot was not done better, especially since I know that it could have been.

Watching the short movie after the original made me appreciate the story much more so I think watching both would be ideal. While one has a bigger artistic value the other has a deeper value. You get to understand Pauline much better in the short. It feels deeper, even though it was shorter.

Since I saw both, and have different feelings about them, I don’t really know how to rate them, so I will not really give them a rating.

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