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Release Date:
2 November 2012 (UK) See more »
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Heal the sickness.
Plot:
A disturbed and delusional high school student with aspirations of a career in medicine goes to extremes to earn the approval of her controlling mother. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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9 wins & 10 nominations See more »
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Masterful See more (82 total) »

Cast

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AnnaLynne McCord ... Pauline

Roger Bart ... Bob

Ariel Winter ... Grace

Traci Lords ... Phyllis

Matthew Gray Gubler ... Mr. Claybaugh

Jeremy Sumpter ... Adam

Matthew Fahey ... Nathan

Sidney Franklin ... Timothy

Molly McCook ... Natalie

Natalie Dreyfuss ... Abigail

John Waters ... William

Malcolm McDowell ... Mr. Cooper

Marlee Matlin ... Amber

Cole Bernstein ... Kimberly

Ray Wise ... Principal Campbell

Emily Bicks ... Breanna

Brennan Bailey ... Sebastian
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Cameron Allen ... Young Pauline

Adam Silver ... Ryan (scenes deleted)

Nicole Gerth ... Creature (uncredited)

Aussie Guevara ... Corpse (uncredited)

Ian Kanzler ... Bloody Boy (uncredited)
Rachel Ann Mullins ... Zombie (uncredited)

Nina Nelson ... Twin Torture Victim (uncredited)

Randa Nelson ... Twin Torture Victim (uncredited)

Bill Oberst Jr. ... Courtier (uncredited)
Virginia Petrucci ... Corpse (uncredited)
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Directed by
Richard Bates Jr. 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Richard Bates Jr.  writer

Produced by
Steve Ansell .... associate producer
Matt Blessing .... associate producer
Mark Bruner .... executive producer (as Mark Linehan Bruner)
Michael Collins .... co-producer
Frank R. Gardner .... line producer
Sloan Harris .... co-producer
Chris Hazzard .... associate producer
Jason Herbers .... executive producer
Robert Higginbotham .... executive producer
Dylan Hale Lewis .... producer
Ross Otterman .... co-producer
Jud Ryan .... associate producer
Paul Spellman .... associate producer
Gary Sumpter .... associate producer
Ben Uscinski .... executive producer
Yvonne Valdez .... associate producer
Thomas Wood Jr. .... executive producer
Matt Zambetti .... co-producer
 
Original Music by
Steve Damstra II 
Mads Heldtberg 
 
Cinematography by
Itay Gross 
 
Film Editing by
Steve Ansell 
Yvonne Valdez 
 
Casting by
Carmen Aiello 
 
Production Design by
Armen Ra 
 
Art Direction by
Robert Platzer 
 
Set Decoration by
Katharine Glasheen 
 
Costume Design by
Anthony Tran 
 
Makeup Department
Cris Alex .... special makeup effects artist
Elle Favorule .... makeup department head
Stephen Imhoff .... special makeup effects artist
Amanda King .... key makeup artist
Miko Nishida .... hair stylist to Ariel Winter
Miko Nishida .... hair stylist
Robert Rapport .... makeup artist to AnnaLynne McCord
 
Production Management
Yaron Kaver .... production supervisor
Sam Kim .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Elaine Chu .... second second assistant director
James Cooney .... first assistant director
Yaron Kaver .... first assistant director
Neil Kimball .... second assistant director
Patrick Sanchez Smith .... second unit director
 
Art Department
Waylon Bacon .... conceptual artist
Waylon Bacon .... dream sequence storyboard artist
Casey Crowe .... storyboard artist
Eshwin Dhir .... concept artist
Brian Formo .... art department coordinator
Melissa Long .... set dresser
Scott May .... graphic designer (as Scott Woodland May)
Craig Potter .... property master
Gary Sumpter .... construction coordinator
Lauren Reeves Thomas .... seamstress (as Lauren Thomas)
 
Sound Department
Henry Auerbach .... sound re-recording mixer
Henry Auerbach .... supervising sound editor
Marcos Butron Jr. .... boom operator
Ryan Collins .... sound re-recording mixer
Ryan Collins .... supervising sound designer
Casey Genton .... sound effects editor
Brian Hackett .... production sound mixer: day player
Michael Halper .... production sound mixer
Matt Hovland .... adr mixer
Scott Kramer .... foley mixer
Eric Offin .... dialogue editor
Lianto Poedijono .... boom operator
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Ivan Acero .... first assistant camera: b unit
Chris Andersen .... best boy electric
Mike Berg .... grip (as Michael Berg)
Alex Brunelle .... second assistant camera: a unit
Victoria Chenoweth .... lighting technician
Brandon Dimit .... Steadicam operator
Brandon Dimit .... b camera operator
Brandon Dimit .... second unit director of photography
David Dubian .... second assistant camera: b unit
Scott Fecteau .... grip
Jeremy Graham .... gaffer
Lucas Lee Graham .... director of photography: pick-ups
Jasper Granderath .... first assistant camera: "a" camera
Oliver Imfeld .... camera operator
Oliver Imfeld .... director of photography: second unit
Edith Laflamme .... still photographer
Matthias Martin .... still photographer
Josh Miller .... key grip
Peter C. Schooley .... grip
Andrew Wilsak .... digital imaging technician
 
Casting Department
Karen Ryan .... additional extras casting
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Karina Rosales .... assistant costume designer
DeMar Tebo .... set costumer
 
Editorial Department
James Brill .... colorist
Zachary Dehm .... assistant editor
Eric M. Klein .... digital intermediate producer
Toby Martisius .... digital intermediate editor
Jon Mendenhall .... red transcoder
Christos Voutsinas .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Michl Britsch .... composer: trailer
Andrea von Foerster .... music supervisor
 
Other crew
Nathan Castiel .... production assistant
David Danberg .... caterer
Lucy Doty .... central city studio owner
Jeffrey Giles .... international distribution
Paul Hammond .... commentary
Robert Higginbotham .... production assistant
Erica Kram .... commentary coordinator
Marguerite Lliteras .... central city studio operations manager
Ralph Lliteras .... central city studio manager
Cassie Lopez .... craft service
Cassie Lopez .... production assistant
Viki Lopez .... key production assistant
Michael Lurie .... international distribution
Shawn Matlock .... script supervisor
Devin McClernan .... production assistant
Aisha Ragheb .... production assistant
Elsa Ramo .... distribution legal
Lisa Schreifels .... production assistant
Lila Scott .... production assistant
Martin Joseph Smith .... production assistant
 

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81 min
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Pauline:I'm ready to lose my virginity. It's a common misconception that having intercourse during menstruation is unhealthy. When I lose my virginity, I want to be on my period.See more »
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References "Criminal Minds" (2005)See more »

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40 out of 55 people found the following review useful.
Masterful, 11 October 2012
Author: Dan Franzen (dfranzen70) from United States

In Excision, a high school misfit goes to great lengths to win over her domineering, conservative mother. Although it's presented as a horror film - and opened the Spooky Movie International Horror Film Festival - it's a psychosexual thriller, rife with imagery set against a pastiche of normative teenage angst and desperation. It is a brilliant, provocative, unsettling film.

Pauline (AnnaLynne McCord) is the misfit. Scarred with acne and and overall unkempt look and poor posture, she is the poster child for unpopularity. But, like many cinematic rebels before her, she looks upon the idea of being liked almost with disdain. The opinions of others don't influence her.

Pauline aspires to be a doctor, but she is anything but a model student. She challenges her teachers and plays her classmates against each other for her own gain. She has no friends, and her therapy consists of visits to the local priest, whereupon she notes the hypocrisy of his understanding her moral issues when he's by definition pretty repressed himself.

She's part of a nuclear family. Dad Bob (Roger Bart) is a success at something, but he's under the thumb of his controlling wife Phyllis (Traci Lords). Sister Grace is the favorite of the family, partly because she's so nice and good and sweet but also because she is suffering from cystic fibrosis.

Of all the people with whom Pauline interacts on a regular basis, she cares only for Grace. She despairs of her sister's imminent death and wishes the same on her mother. Typical for a teenager, to an extreme perhaps.

Throughout the movie, Pauline sets particular goals for herself and then completes them, in opposition to her attitude toward school and life in general. When her mother forces her to be (at an advanced age) part of a cotillion, Pauline understandably ruins the affair. But when she wants to pursue a career in medicine, she goes to the library (cutting school) and researches her sister's condition.

You may well ask what the title implies. Something is being excised. We've already established that Pauline wants to be a doctor, but what is to be excised is something I cannot reveal here. On a less literal front, Pauline wants to excise her mother's influence from her own life and the pain and suffering from that of her sister.

This is not a movie for the faint of heart. It is not dripping with blood and contains no projectile vomiting, but Pauline's dreams - which include impromptu surgeries that equate to intercourse in her mind - are erotic, disturbing, grisly, and symbolic.

McCord nails the role of Pauline. Dolled up for the cotillion, she looks almost presentable, but even when she's her slovenly self you can see her beauty - eyes, wit, intelligence, smile - even if no one else in the movie can. McCord sells the film by subtly morphing Pauline from an outcast to a sociopath; at first, you take her for just another weird kid in the hall, but over time you see her as clearly losing her grip on reality.

And I didn't think I'd say this, but Lords is really good - in an ironic role - as the pushy, moralizing mom. Traci, you've come a long way, baby.

It's very hard to believe this is writer/director Richard Bates Jr.'s first film, feature or otherwise. The writing is tight, and he gets a lot out of his cast - which includes John Waters and Malcolm McDowell. It's a stunning debut.

I wasn't sure how the movie was going to end, although it was clear I was being led in a particular direction. I wasn't misled, but the conclusion is still a knockout; leaving just enough unresolved to be satisfying.

Excision is thrilling, a movie that will resonate with anyone who's felt unloved and with anyone who likes tales of revenge and redemption. It wisely picks a course and never goes too over the top with its set pieces. It's not a mild-mannered film, but it's also not an overwrought, ham-fisted gorefest. It's cleverly nuanced, achingly acted, and a mind- blowing masterpiece.

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