If June is Pride Month, what better way to celebrate than with some unabashedly queer texts? Last week we delved into British allegory The Wolves of Kromer and this week we’re checking out Richard Bates Jr‘s nasty horror-comedy Excision, which has an all-star cast and a very unconventional protagonist in AnnaLynne McCord‘s Pauline.
In the film, Pauline is an antagonistic suburban teen with an exceptionally gory and fantastical dream-life. In real life, she regularly butts heads with her conservative mother (Traci Lords) while her passive father (Roger Bart) and sick younger sister (Ariel Winter) look on. As Pauline’s aggressive behaviour lands her in more hot water, she decides that she’s the only one who can help her sister as her Cystic Fibrosis worsens, leading to a stunning and emotionally wrought conclusion.
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Episode 129 – Excision (2012) feat. Wren Crain
Prep your dream fantasies and your give no fuck attitude because we’re checking out Richard Bates Jr’s Excision (2012). Joining us to talk about Traci Lords and AnnaLynne McCord’s powerhouse performances is Transploitation author and Sick Sad Monsters co-host Wren Crain, who contributes a candid and personal reading about mental illness in the film. CW: Necrophilia, Abortion.
Up for discussion: why McCord’s Pauline is a queer icon, the film’s rude and crude comedy (hint: it’s tied to abjection!), and age-appropriate crushes on Jeremy Sumpter.
Plus: comparisons to May and Ginger Snaps, tangents about Gilmore Girls AND Monster-In-Law (?!), another sexually charged locker room scene and *a lot* of feelings about the ending.
Cross out Excision!
Coming up on Wednesday: We’re checking out Ernest R. Dickerson’s blaxploitation meets Italian gothic film, Bones (2001)!
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Before ‘Scream 2’, ‘Demons’ Got Meta in the Aisles [Halloweenies Podcast]
Before the Halloweenies head to Hollywood in August for Scream 3, they have some film courses to complete this summer at Windsor College. In June, they visited Mark Rosman’s 1982 American slasher The House on Sorority Row. For July, they’re conjuring Demons.
More specifically, Lamberto Bava’s 1985 Italian meta blood bath. Fueled by a star-studded ’80s soundtrack and Sergio Stivaletti’s gory effects, this stylish slice of suspense tears the celluloid in half — literally. It’s a rollercoaster of a rental that redefined pop horror forever.
For the latest installment of this season’s Randy’s Recs, which finds the Halloweenies dissecting a film that inspired the Scream franchise, the gang leaves little blood on the floor. Like the best students, they cross their t’s and dot their i’s as they hit the proverbial books.
Together, they discuss the differences between Bava and producer Dario Argento’s style, the complicated history behind the “sequels” of Demons, Stivaletti’s outstanding practical effects, the shocking mid-credits ending, and Cluadio Simonetti’s top-tier score.
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