Excision is the story of an outcast teenager who has an unhealthy obsession with blood and aspirations of being a doctor.
Pauline is an outcast at school and so socially awkward it's painful. She is always trying to please her overbearing mother (played perfectly by Traci Lords). As the movie builds, and we see the black cloud hanging over the family, the younger (prettier) daughter who has cystic fibrosis is in need of a transplant. The father is the doormat. He tries to keep the peace but is pushed around.
As Pauline begins to unravel, getting expelled from school and studying surgical procedures in her off time to potentially save her sisters life, we see a transformation. She becomes more and more delusional.
This is a great debut from director Richard Bates. He takes what could be a crazy ugly duckling freak bloodbath and turns it into a masterpiece. The cast is fantastic, the story solid. I found myself sympathizing with the father more than anything. This is a three-dimensional family.
There is enough blood and guts to satisfy any horror fan, and a story of substance to make it stand out from the usual. There were several cameos that added to its depth. Marlee Matlin, Malcolm McDowell just to name a few.
If you haven't seen Excision, do yourself a favor and watch it. You'll thank me for it. It's a Good.
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