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Smith’S Top Picks Of 2012

30 December 2012 3:39 PM, PST | | See recent Icons of Fright news »


-This one definitely caught me off guard. I had heard very little about it but finally watched the trailer when Rob G posted it on Icons of Fright. The imagery, combined with the Nin music made that trailer an instant obsession, and luckily the movie lived up to it. Great performances all around, a lot of them way against the normal roles the actors have played in the past. Traci Lords, John Waters, Jeremy Sumpter, they all were great, but AnnaLynne McCord Kills it in this movie. Awkward, vicious and sometimes downright horny, her portrayal of Pauline will most definitely go down as one of my all time favorite performances. Excision made me an instant fan of director Richard Bates Jr. and I’m stoked to see what he comes up with next.


The Innkeepers

-Ti West had a big fan in me starting with The House of the Devil. »

- Rob Galluzzo

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Excision and a Bloody, Violent Journey into Womanhood: A Movie Review

2 November 2012 12:00 PM, PDT | 28 Days Later Analysis | See recent 28 Days Later Analysis news »

*a DVD screener of this film was provided by Monster Pictures for review. *there is one spoiler at the very end of this review. Director/writer: Richard Bates Jr. Cast: AnnaLynne McCord, Traci Lords, Ariel Winter, Roger Bart, Jeremy Sumpter, John Waters, Malcolm McDowell, Marlee Matlin, Matthew Gray Gubler, Ray Wise, Molly McCook and Bill Oberst Jr. This writer knows director Richard Bates Jr. from his short film "Excision." This title was one of the best short films this reviewer had the pleasure of seeing in 2009. Now, Bates Jr. has developed this short into a fuller version and this extended feature holds many of the themes and plot points from the original. A young misdirected woman will stop at nothing to save her sister. Focusing on Pauline (AnnaLynne McCord), this humourous and horrifying title is a character study of a young woman transitioning into womanhood and into psychopathology. She is strange, »

- (Michael Allen)

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Blu-ray Review: AnnaLynne McCord Dazzles in Darkly Amusing ‘Excision’

31 October 2012 7:15 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

Chicago – AnnaLynne McCord is the sort of actress whose face begs to be photographed. The camera can remain on her for an indefinite amount of time and manage to capture endless fascinating nuances. As someone who has never watched an episode of the rebooted “90210” series, I hadn’t seen McCord in anything until Richard Bates Jr.’s “Excision.” Now I consider myself a fan.

In this gleefully deranged satire on the hellish confusion of adolescence, McCord plays Pauline, a sardonic teen who basks in the narcissistic splendor of her alienation. Her greasy hair and pockmarked face suggest that she never bothers to shower or bathe, though McCord’s naturally striking eyes and cheekbones still manage to make her character effortlessly watchable. When Pauline dreams about performing gruesome surgeries while making love to corpses (yep, this movie is out there), McCord casts off her ugly makeup and reveals herself to be a knockout beauty, »

- (Adam Fendelman)

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Review: Excision

27 October 2012 4:01 AM, PDT | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »


Stars: AnnaLynne McCord, Traci Lords, Ariel Winter, Roger Bart, Jeremy Sumpter, John Waters, Malcolm McDowell, Marlee Matlin, Ray Wise | Written and Directed by Richard Bates Jr.

Beverley Hills 90210 star AnnaLynne McCord pulls off an amazing Bela Lugosi style transformation to play a dowdy, delusional, egocentric, sociopathic outcast Pauline – a modern-day Carrie if you will (but without the telekinesis) – who spends her days being bullied at school and her nights having bizarre wet dreams about performing weird operations and relishing in the blood that flows forth from them. Her fascinations disturb her schoolmates and her parents, Phyllis (Lords) and Bob (Bart) who just want her to be “normal” like her younger sister Grace (Winter), who suffers from cystic fibrosis. An outcast at school and at home, Pauline is convinced that the best way to repair her estranged relationship with her family is to perform a risky operation to save her sister’s life… »

- Phil

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Excision Review

22 October 2012 8:30 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Director: Richard Bates Jr.

Cast: AnnaLynne McCord, Traci Lords, Roger Bart, Ariel Winter, Jeremy Sumpter, John Williams, Malcolm McDowell, Marlee Matlin, Matthew Gray Gubler, Ray Wise

Running time: 82 minutes

Certificate: 18

Synopsis: A troubled teenager who seems to come from the perfect background is disturbingly obsessed with the macabre. As she attempts to understand the world of high school, religion, and her homelife, she finds herself researching into medicine in the hopes of understanding and possibly curing her sister’s Cystic Fibrosis.

Excision is is the debut feature film from director Richard Bates Jr. The film is based on his own short, of the same name, that travelled film festivals and made quite the impression. He’s given it an extended running time, but is it a decent film or just a stretched out idea that should have remained in its original format?

It’s hard not to approach films without any preconceptions whatsoever, »

- Luke Ryan Baldock

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Contest: Win Excision on Blu-ray

17 October 2012 2:36 PM, PDT | Horror News | See recent Horror News news »

Excision is out this week via Anchor Bay Home Entertainment, and we have two Blu-ray copies to give away! The film stars AnnaLynne McCord (Day of the Dead remake), Traci Lords (Blade), Ariel Winter (“Modern Family”), Roger Bart (Hostel: Part II), Jeremy Sumpter (“Friday Night Lights”), Matthew Gray Gubler (“Criminal Minds”), Ray Wise (“Twin Peaks”), John Waters (Pink Flamingos) and Malcolm McDowell (Halloween remake).

Based on writer/director Richard Bates, Jr.’s short film of the… More »

- Alex DiVincenzo

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Contest: Excision (2012) Blu-ray: AnnaLynne McCord, Traci Lords

16 October 2012 12:52 PM, PDT | Film-Book | See recent Film-Book news »

  Excision Contest Giveaway Sweepstakes. This Excision Blu-ray contest, giveaway, sweepstakes illustrates Excision release on DVD and Blu-ray on October 16, 2012. Excision stars AnnaLynne McCordJeremy SumpterTraci LordsAriel WinterRoger BartJohn WatersMalcolm McDowellMarlee MatlinMatthew Gray GublerRay WiseMolly McCookNatalie DreyfussBrennan BaileyMatthew Fahey, and Cole Bernstein. Excision‘s plot synopsis: ”A disturbed and delusional high school student with aspirations of a career in medicine goes to extremes to [...]

Continue reading: Contest: Excision (2012) Blu-ray: AnnaLynne McCord, Traci Lords »

- Rollo Tomasi

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UK DVD and Blu-ray to Undergo Excision

3 October 2012 1:16 PM, PDT | | See recent Dread Central news »

Just recently announced as having its UK premiere at this year’s Film4 FrightFest Halloween All-Nighter, director Richard Bates, Jr.’s highly anticipated Excision is now set to shock shelves across the pond on DVD and Blu-ray this November 12th courtesy of Monster Pictures.

From the Press Release:

Excision is the story of Pauline (AnnaLynne McCord), a delusional teenage outcast. Pauline picks scabs. Pauline dissects road kill. Pauline fantasizes about performing surgery on strangers. Her fascinations disturb her schoolmates and her parents, Phyllis (Traci Lords) and Bob (Roger Bart). No one understands Pauline except for Grace (Ariel Winter), her younger sister who suffers from cystic fibrosis. An outcast at school and at home, Pauline is convinced that the best way to repair her estranged relationship with her family is to perform a risky operation to save her sister’s life...

Starring AnnaLynne McCord ("90210") as Pauline, Excision continues a long tradition »

- Pestilence

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Two new clips from ‘Excision’ make use of guest stars

28 September 2012 8:36 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Richard Bates Jr. found quite a bit of acclaim with his short film Excision in 2008, going so far as to garner special mention from the horror jury at Austin Fantastic Fest. Four years later, Bates Jr. is making his feature film writing and directing debut by expanding the story of Excision. AnnaLynne McCord takes over the lead role from Tessa Ferrer, with Ariel Winter, Traci Lords, and Roger Bart filling out the main cast, and cameos from Matthew Gray Gubler, Marlee Matlin, Matthew Fahey, Malcolm McDowell, Jeremy Sumpter, Ray Wise, and John Waters. Two new clips highlighting the roles of the latter two have now been released, and can be seen below.For those further interested in the film, Sos contributor Michael Ryan and Sos editor Ricky were able to see the movie at Fantasia 2012; Michael Ryan’s review can be read here, and Ricky’s review can be read here. »

- Deepayan Sengupta

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Brand New Batch of Excision Stills and Blu-ray Artwork Cut Deep

11 September 2012 | Horror Asylum | See recent Horror Asylum news »

Anchor Bay have announced that they intend to drop the gruesome Richard Bates Jr. horror flick 'Excision' onto both DVD and Blu-ray across the Us from 16 October. AnnaLynne McCord ('90210', 'The Haunting of Molly Hartley') and ex-porn star Traci Lords (' Zack and Miri Make a Porno') star in the 'mind-blowingly grotesque' feature and now not only do we catch a glimpse of the expected new artwork for the release next month but also a handful of brand new stills. Sadly, however, it doesn't appear there's going to be a great deal of extras on the said DVD or Blu-ray as only an audio commentary with writer/director Richard Bates Jr. and star AnnaLynne McCord has been mentioned. 'Excision' also stars Ariel Winter, Roger Bart, Jeremy Sumpter, John Waters, Malcolm McDowell ('A Clockwork Orange'), Marlee Matlin, Matthew Gray Gubler and »

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Exclusive: Awkward's Matthew Fahey on the "Unique" Excision

29 August 2012 7:43 AM, PDT | | See recent shocktillyoudrop news »

Matthew Fahey, who appears on MTV's hit show Awkward, walked the red carpet at last night's premiere for The Possession and we grilled him for more details on his turn in Excision, the Richard Bates-directed film starring AnnaLynne McCord, Traci Lords, Roger Bart, Jeremy Sumpter, John Waters and Malcolm McDowell.

Excision hit the film festival circuit earlier this year and is making its DVD/Blu-ray debut on October 30th from Anchor Bay Films.

"I play a friend to Jeremy Sumpter's character and one of the guys who gives AnnaLynne's character a hard time," Fahey told us.  "And, I guess in a way, we force her to go nuts.  She's already nuts, but we push her over the edge a little bit.  It's a smaller role, but a great movie."

Fahey went on to talk a bit about his reaction to the film's script and what we can expect. »

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Found Footage Tornado Film Titled Black Sky

23 August 2012 5:02 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Found footage films are growing into quite the subgenre lately, and the proliferation continues with New Line/Warner Brothers’ in-production film from the director of Final Destination 5, Steven Quale. The film, currently shooting in Detroit, will be titled Black Sky, according to ComingSoon, and deals with high schoolers surviving a tornado-creating hurricane.

As far as movie premises go, this one is a little dicey. Tornado-centric films have worked in the past (think Twister or Night of the Twisters) but those were in far less cynical times. Nowadays, with big CGI disaster films being the norm, I suppose it only makes sense that the way a studio would try to make the old relevant again would be to dress it up with the found footage style.

Also helpful is the youth-skewing cast, which includes Nathan KressArlen Escarpeta and Jeremy Sumpter, along with Matt Walsh (Veep), Richard Armitage (The Hobbit »

- Brian Roan

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Found Footage Tornado Film Finds Title: “Black Sky”

23 August 2012 12:42 PM, PDT | FamousMonsters of Filmland | See recent Famous Monsters of Filmland news »

The tornado found footage film that we had announced previously has finally gotten a title: Black Sky, according to Styd.

Black Sky is filming in Detroit with Final Destination 5 helmer Steven Quale at the controls, with a fun cast that includes Fd star Arlen Escarpeta,  Jeremy Sumpter, Alycia Debnam-Carey, The Hobbit’s Richard Armitage, The Walking Dead’s Sarah Wayne Callies and Nathan Kress. Simon Beaufoy (Slumdog Millionaire, 127 Hours, Hunger Games: Catching Fire) is rewriting the script, so this thing has some fire power. »

- Andy Greene

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New Line's Found Footage Tornado Movie Has a Title

23 August 2012 9:00 AM, PDT | | See recent shocktillyoudrop news »

The director of Final Destination 5, Steven Quale, is in Detroit currently shooting a "found footage" tornado project.  Quale is reuniting with his Final Destination 5 star Arlen Escarpeta.  Jeremy Sumpter, Alycia Debnam-Carey, Richard Armitage, Sarah Wayne Callies and Nathan Kress and, until now, the film has only been referred to as an "untitled thriller."  But now we have a title.

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New Line's Tornado Thriller Gets a Title

23 August 2012 | | See recent news »

Final Destination 5 director Steven Quale is currently in Detroit shooting New Line/Warner Bros.' "found footage" tornado thriller, starring Richard Armitage ("The Hobbit" films), Sarah Wayne Callies ("The Walking Dead"), Matt Walsh, Nathan Kress, Arlen Escarpeta, Jeremy Sumpter, Kyle Davis and Jon Reep, and we have now learned the title of the film. The studio is going with Black Sky . The film will reportedly document high school students caught in a deadly, tornado-spawning hurricane. Armitage will play a widowed father who, with the help of storm chasers, tries to rescue his son from the aftermath of a string of tornadoes. »

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Fantasia 2012: ‘Excision’ Cut the Heart Out of My Chest

11 August 2012 6:20 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »


Written and Directed by Richard Bates Jr.

USA 2012 Fantasia imdb

There were two films at Fantasia this year that took me on trips that I didn’t want to go on. The first was the winner of Fantasia’s Satoshi Kon Award for Achievement in Animation The King of Pigs. The second was Excision. Both films are about outsiders in high school, bullying and school as hell. The difference is that The King of Pigs announces almost from its opening frames that this will not be a pleasant journey, while Excision promises a disturbing dream of a journey, only truly turning nightmarish in the final twenty minutes.

To put it another way, I quite enjoyed the trip that Excision was taking me on, until I reached its destination and I hated that arrival so much that it made me hate the journey – made me reevaluate and hate the entire film. »

- Michael Ryan

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Excision (2012)

10 August 2012 4:15 PM, PDT | Planet Fury | See recent Planet Fury news »

Directed by: Richard Bates Jr.

Written by: Richard Bates Jr.

Featuring: AnnaLynne McCord, Traci Lords, Ariel Winter, Roger Bart, Jeremy Sumpter, John Waters

I'm extremely torn about reviewing Excision, and here's why: When I first watched the trailer — the version with Nin's "Closer" as the main music — it was comparable to having an intense orgasm after a really perverse fantasy. Deep down, you know this kind of perverse satisfaction can only be fully experienced once and you can only expect the real thing to be nothing short of mind-blowing. Add to this the fact that everyone I know who saw the film raved about it when I would share my giddy excitement, which only reinforced my desire to see it.

Perhaps this is why, when I finally saw Excision, after weeks of eagerly counting the days until the screening, I felt…disappointed. My expectations had set the bar too high, »

- MaudeM

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Exclusive: Willa Holland, Nick Krause & Steve Guttenberg Will Lead ‘The Science Of Cool’; Mischa Barton Circling

8 August 2012 7:03 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

After two years of development and a handful of on again/off again stard dates, “The Science of Cool” is coming back to life, with financing secured and a December 3rd production start date all lined up. While different versions of the cast have been assembled since 2010, with folks like Jennifer Lawrence and Jeremy Sumpter in the mix, the indie drama will now be led by Willa Holland ("Arrow,""Gossip Girl"), Nick Krause (“The Descendants”), newcomer Matthew Ziff (“Treachery”) and Guy Kent (“Meth Head”) with Steve Guttenberg and Michael Biehn also on board. Additionally, Mischa Barton, who has also been long linked to the film, is now circling one of the roles in the picture. With "The Science Of Cool" now gearing up, the one time comedy about a couple of high school nerds who transform themselves into the coolest kids in class is taking a more dramatic turn. Co-written by Eric. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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‘Girls’ Star Adam Driver Joins Daniel Radcliffe In ‘The F Word’; Tornado Film and ‘The Heat’ Expand

1 August 2012 3:48 PM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

While there was a whole lot of discussion surrounding Girls this past spring — way, way too much of it, if you ask me — one of its finer elements went, if not entirely unnoticed, at least unfairly ignored. Those who actually watched the series will probably agree  that this label applies to Adam Driver, the dopey boyfriend to Lena Dunham‘s lead character; funny, sweet, surprising, and wonderfully weird, he’s the sort of actor who feels primed to carve out a little place in film and TV for years to come.

That’s, thankfully, already begun, as Variety reports that Driver will co-star with Daniel Radcliffe and Zoe Kazan in The F Word, an indie romantic comedy from Goon director Michael Dowse. The script, a Black List entry, comes from Elan Mastai, who crafted the story of a man striving to make himself “the first male to have a successfully »

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Controversial Indie Horror Excision Slices Onto Blu-ray & DVD October 30th!

31 July 2012 3:28 PM, PDT | | See recent Icons of Fright news »

Ever since we first reported about Richard Bates Jr.’s wildly psychotic looking film Excision, we’ve been anxiously waiting to see it for ourselves. Finally that time has come now that Anchor Bay is set to bring it to Blu-ray & DVD October 30th, just in time for Halloween! We’ve got the trailer (sans Nine Inch Nails tunes, sadly) & press release included for you below!

Starring AnnaLynne McCord, Traci Lords, Ariel Winter, Roger Bart, Jeremy Sumpter and Golden Globe nominated Malcolm McDowell & based on the short film of the same name, Excision  “follows a disturbed and delusional high school student, Pauline (AnnaLynne McCord), with aspirations of a career in medicine, goes to extremes to earn the approval of her controlling mother (Traci Lords). While dealing with being an outcast teenager and obsession over curing her sister’s cystic fibrosis, Pauline becomes continually deranged as her fascination of the surgery »

- Justin Edwards

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