One upcoming film that we can’t wait for is writer/director Richard Bates Jr.’s debut film EXCISION! Ever since we caught that first teaser trailer (the cool one with the Nine Inch Nails music, dammit!) boasting an impressive and eclectic cast including AnnaLynne McCord, Traci Lords, Malcolm McDowell, Ray Wise, John Waters and more, we’ve been eagerly waiting for official word on a release date. Anchor Bay Entertainment will put EXCISION out on DVD and Blu-Ray on October 16th. And we’ve got that sweet cover art at the top of this post, along with the first clip titled “Bird Autopsy” (obviously not safe for work) and a handful of images below, which make this look like a far more twisted version of MAY! More as the release date gets closer!
“A supremely nasty piece of work in the best way possible.” – Nathan Rabin, AV Club
“This is one you don’t want to miss” – Dread Central
“It’s Dario Argento’s HEATHERS or David Cronenberg’s SOME KIND OF WONDERFUL. Dark, gross and weird.” – Jordan Hoffman, About.com
“EXCISION is a film that was built to be a cult classic.” – Slugmag.com
On October 16th, Anchor Bay Films presents the harrowing coming-of-age horror film, and instant cult classic, Excision, from writer/director Richard Bates, Jr., which Sundance Channel deemed “Without question the most mind-blowingly grotesque film to screen at this year’s fest.” Boasting an impressive and eclectic cast including AnnaLynne McCord (The CW’s “90210,” Transporter 2, Fired Up, FX’s “Nip Tuck”), Traci Lords (Blade, Zack & Miri Make a Porno, Cry Baby), Ariel Winter (ABC’s “Modern Family”), Roger Bart (Hostel Part II, Law Abiding Citizen, American Gangster), Malcolm McDowell (The Artist, A Clockwork Orange, Rob Zombie’s Halloween, HBO’s “Entourage”) and cameos including Ray Wise, director John Waters, and Academy Award® winner Marlee Matlin, Excision comes to Blu-ray™ for an SRP of $24.99 and DVD for an SRP of $22.98.
Excision turned critics’ stomachs as well as heads, garnering much attention at festivals around the world this past year after premiering at Sundance in January, with the most recent being Fantasia Film Festival in Montreal QB. Noel Murray of AV Club calls it “One of the damnedest ‘adolescent misfit’ movies you’ll ever see — for those who can stomach the splatter, that is” and Chris Bumbray of JoBlo exclaims “While it’s more than a little sick, and will likely leave you queasy by the time the credits roll, EXCISION is nonetheless a truly unique horror ride into the scariest of all places- the mind of a teenaged misfit.” Excision holds a 94% “want to see” rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Upcoming NA festival showings include Toronto After Dark (October 26), the SpookyMovie festival in Washington D.C. and the Mile-High Horror Film Festival in Denver.
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.
Bonus feature on the Excision Blu-ray™ and DVD: audio commentary with writer/director Richard Bates, Jr. and AnnaLynne McCord.