Sunday, October 28, 2012

Phil's Halloween Horrors Marathon, Day 21: Phil reviews EXCISION (2012) Blu-Ray from Anchor Bay Entertainment-October 21, 2012

EXCISION Blu-Ray Cover (2012)
Starring AnnaLynne McCord, Traci Lords, Ariel Winter, Roger Bart, Jeremy Sumpter, Malcolm McDowell, Matthew Gray Gubler, Marlee Matlin, Ray Wise, and John Waters
Produced by Dylan Hale Lewis
Executive Produced by Mark Linehan Bruner
Written and Directed by  Richard Bates, Jr.
A BXR Productions
Distributed by Anchor Bay Films

Here is it folks: Day Twenty-One! Thanks for joining me on my horror movie marathon! For today's film, I chose to review another indie horror film that was just released on Blu-Ray. With the onslaught of sequels, remakes, poorly made horror films coming out of Hollywood, the only pace to see unique and original genre film is in the indie scene, where a lot of filmmakers are pushing the boundaries and conventions of what defines a horror movie. Case in point today's film, which comes courtesy from Anchor Bay Entertainment. The film EXCISION can be best described as an art house horror film that combines horror and black comedy to create something extraordinary!

Here is the film's official synopsis: Based on writer/director Richard Bates, Jr.’s short film of the same name, EXCISION follows a disturbed and delusional high school student, Pauline (AnnaLynne McCord).  Pauline, with aspirations of a career in medicine, goes to extremes to earn the approval of her controlling mother (played by Traci Lords).  While dealing with both being an outcast teenager and having an obsession over curing her sister’s cystic fibrosis, Pauline becomes increasingly deranged as her fascination with surgery and flesh and blood grows into something compulsive and demonic, if not epic.

Theatrical Movie Poster (2012)
I have never seen such an ambitious and genre defying film in all my years! It is without a doubt one of the most beautiful horror films ever! I cannot begin describe just how truly incredible the film really is! There is so much going on in the film that it requires multiple viewings to understand all the themes going on.

AnnaLynne McCord is just riveting in her portrayal of outcast misfit Pauline. She shuns her beauty as found in her performance of Naomi Clarkon the CW's 90210 and completely transforms herself into the ugly duckling and deeply disturbed Pauline. It's a shame that the Oscars will overlook this performance, but this goes to show you of the Academy's ignorance. A standing ovation for AnnaLynne McCord's best performance ever!

The film premiered at this year's Sundance Film Festival, where it received raved reviews. The film was picked up by Anchor Bay Films and it played in limited released. The film was released last week on both Blu-Ray and DVD.

EXCISION is one of the most beautiful and gut wrenching films ever to come out of the genre! The film is brilliant, the acting is fantastic, the ending is just freaking unbelievable, and you're gonna love it! This is what an art house horror film should be! 5 out of 5 stars!! Highly recommended!!

EXCISION is available on both Blu-Ray and DVD and can be purchased at your local retailer or on the film's official website. To purchase a copy visit To check out other releases by Anchor Bay Entertainment, visit their website at

Thanks for reading, and enjoy the screaming!

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