Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Excision (2012)

Fear 2/5
Gore 5/5
Entertainment 3/5
Creepiness 3/5

It's been a full 48 hours since I watched Incision and I'm still not sure what to make of it. Sure it's very reminiscent of the fantastic coming of age film Carrie and it has interesting and striking visuals (a la Kubrick). But I'm still not entirely sold on it's premise nor its rhyme or reason. But if you like your horror films left of center with a whole lot of 'What the fuck did I just watch?', you could do a lot worse.

Excision centers on a young teen girl name Pauline made to look ugly and awkward but in real life (and in dream sequences during the film), she's one super duper hottie! Pauline is bound and determined to lose her virginity any way possible but the only problem is, well, she's not attractive and she's an uber weirdo. But like any warm blooded, horned up male at that age, they'll stick their dick in anything and she approaches a male counterpart at school with an offer and he eventually obliges.

Back at home, mom is an overbearing shithead who derides Pauline at every passing opportunity. But the why exactly is never fully explained. There isn't religious fervor in the household a la the aforementioned Carrie nor is there a feeling that mom just doesn't approve of her daughter's unsightly look. Although that's what can be implied in certain sequences and from mom's appearance herself (she's played by former adult film actress Traci Lords). Rounding out our dysfunctional household is a meek and spineless father who also comes under the frequent chastising of his wife and Pauline's younger (and surprisingly) sane sister Grace who's suffering from a form of lung disease.

Along with Pauline's yearning for losing her virginity (while on her period I might add), she also has these strange dreams where the not so ugly version of herself is seen doing everything from dissecting human subjects to bathing in pools of blood. What this means exactly is anyone's guess although she seems to be happiest after having woken up from one of these fucked up and demented dreams. How this shapes who she is and why she is so weird remains to be seen.

So after doing the dirty deed with her school mate and having some more messed up dreams, Pauline takes it upon herself to cure her sister of what ails her. Her dreams become a reality in one chilling scene that's altogether gory and confusing as our tale abruptly ends with no real resolution or finality.

Excision is a frustrating work in that it feels like parts of other films but never really like it's own beast. Throw in no real exploration of why Pauline is who she is and you have one confounding flick. Credit must be given to some great visuals and practical effects that are on display. But overall, it's not something I would revisit.

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