Directors: Richard Bates Jr. | USA | 2012 | 81 mins
Pauline is a troubled teen. Socially awkward and with an unhealthy obsession with surgery, she would much rather spend her days dissecting roadkill than attempting to fit in with the “normal” students that populate her high school. Her home life is similarly unfulfilling and is punctuated by frequent clashes with her overbearing mother and ineffectual father. The only comfort Pauline finds is in the company of her younger sister Grace, who is dying of Cystic Fibrosis. Pauline’s alienation leads her down a decidedly dark path, culminating in her taking extreme measures to gain the approval of her mother.
Festival regulars may remember the short film incarnation of Excision from Celluloid Screams 2009… In 2012, Director Richard Bates Jr. is back with the feature-length version, a pitch-black teen-angst horror that plays like a combination of Todd Solondz and Lucky McKee’s MAY, including cameos from John Waters, Malcolm McDowell and Ray Wise, and astounding performances by Traci Lords and a virtually-unrecognisable Annalynne McCord (from TV’s 90210)