What Happened To The Trailer for EXCISION?!

So a few weeks back, our ICONS staffer Justin brought to my attention this little indie flick called EXCISION via his news post here about it. I had never heard of writer/director Richard Bates Jr who makes his feature length debut with this flick, but I was immediately blown away by the concept, the tone, the content and the pacing of the trailer, all brilliantly cut to Nine Inch Nails “Closer”; a fitting backdrop considering the films’ subject matter. Shortly thereafter, the trailer was yanked off You Tube for copyright infringement, which at first I was a little confused by. Did the trailer leak out earlier than it was supposed to? What was the reasoning behind the sudden pull for a trailer that was unanimously getting some mighty high praise across the board?

Turns out for whatever reason that Nine Inch Nails track wasn’t approved and a replacement trailer was commissioned with similar sounding “industrial” music in the background instead. That version of the trailer has just been released and I gotta say… it’s just not the same without “Closer”.

Sure, I can’t wait to see the actual film when it’s released later this year, and I’m even more intrigued by the movie after learning it’s an expanded upon version of a short film that Bates had made, which some friends of mine had caught at a film festival and spoke very highly of. I mean, ya can’t go wrong with Traci Lords as the mom, John Waters as a priest (!), Ray Wise, AnnaLynne McCord and so on and so forth. Such a great cast.

But this new version of the trailer doesn’t pack the same punch as the original cut with the Nine Inch Nails music did. So what happened here? Maybe I’m a bit fuzzy on the legalities of trailers but isn’t music fair game for promotional items such as trailers and TV spots? I can’t imagine Trent Reznor objecting to the material in the trailer, after all he’s readily made available his music before this. Could it be an Interscope related issue? Who knows. For now, check out the adjusted trailer and try to imagine “Closer” over it.

Synopsis: Life sucks when you’re seventeen. Alienated teen Pauline (AnnaLynne McCord) struggles with the pressures of fitting into high school, pleasing her parents and a burning desire to lose her virginity. With a grotesque curiosity for the darker side of life, Pauline is considered a social outcast by everyone around her. Enticed by flesh, she retreats into her own fantasies and hopes to become a great surgeon…that is if she doesn’t go mentally insane first.


AnnaLynne McCord (90210, Nip/Tuck)
Malcolm McDowell (The Artist, Halloween)
Ray Wise (Twin Peaks)
Matthew Gray Gubler (Criminal Minds, 500 Days of Summer)
Traci Lords (Blade, Zack & Miri Make a Porno)
Ariel Winter (Modern Family, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang)
Rogert Bart (American Gangster, Hostel: Part II)
Jeremy Sumpter (Friday Night Lights)
Academy Award winner Marlee Matlin (Children of a Lesser God, The L Word) and the legendary John Waters.

3 thoughts on “What Happened To The Trailer for EXCISION?!

  1. It wasn’t necessarily Trent who objected.  There’s plenty of legal issues with his music that aren’t specifically because of his personal objections.  

    1.  This. Trent doesn’t tend to have a problem with people using his music (he’s even told people to download it illegally as a middle finger to Interscope), so it’s doubtful that he did anything.

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