UK News: ‘Excision’ Coming to Cinemas

Posted on September 17, 2012 by Ben 1 Comment

by Ben Bussey

Just had word from our friends at Monster Pictures that Excision, the feature directorial debut of Richard Bates Jr., is set to enjoy a limited theatrical release in the UK this November, prior to its DVD release. Based on the arresting trailer below it looks to be potentially fascinating stuff, helped in no small part by a cast that’s straight out of a cult aficionado’s dreams.

The skinny:

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 of horror films with compelling female leads, such as Scream, the original Halloween, the original A Nightmare on Elm Street, The Birds, and Psycho. The film also stars Traci Lords (Cry Baby, Blade), Ariel Winter (Modern Family), Roger Bart (Desperate Housewives), Jeremy Sumpter (Friday Night Lights, Soul Surfer), Malcolm McDowell and John Waters.

EXCISION is Richard Bates Jr.’s directorial debut adapted from his highly praised short film, Excision, which played in over 50 film festivals internationally and garnered 24 awards from festivals such as Austin Fantastic Fest, Sundance Film Festival and Fantasia International Film Festival.

EXCISION will be screening at the following festivals throughout October:

CELLULOID SCREAMS Closing Gala, Sheffield Showroom – 28 October 2012
HORRORTHON, IFI, Dublin – 28 October 2012
DUNDEAD, at the DCA, Dundee – 28 October 2012
TWISTED CELLULOID, IFI, Triskel Christchurch – 30 October 2012
And more to be announced soon

London Preview Screenings at the PRINCE CHARLES CINEMA, Leicester Square, London from 28 October 2012

From the premise and the trailer, there’s a slight resembelance to Joseph Kahn’s Detention here, but from the look of things Bates is emphasising nightmarish surrealism over ADD teen hipster-isms, which I should think can only be a good thing. We’ll see soon enough I guess.

Excision will then be released to select cinemas nationwide from 2 November 2012, before hitting DVD on the 12th. Visit for further info.

Caution: NSFW trailer. Contains gore and naked people.

One comment

  • Nia says:

    Really pleased this is getting a release like this…I really disliked it, but I think it’ll do really well and it’s super-stylish. Well worth a watch.

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