Of all the holidays celebrated worldwide, no one day is more loved by the UTG staff than Halloween. With the arrival of October, the time has finally come to begin rolling out a plethora of features and special announcements we have prepared in celebration of our favorite day, including the one you’re about to read.
31 Days Of Halloween is a recurring daily feature that will run throughout the month of October. The hope and goal of this column is to supply every UTG reader with a daily horror movie recommendation that is guaranteed to amplify your Halloween festivities. We’ll be watching every film the day it’s featured, and we hope you’ll follow along at home. If you have a suggestion, contact us and we may include your favorite scarefest in an upcoming column!
Day 16: Excision (2012)
In addition to writing for UTG, I have a side job handling home video reviews for another website. As a result, my weekly intake of new films is somewhere between five and fifteen titles. Even if each film runs ninety minutes, I’m still committing almost a full day each week to watching film. This is not a complaint though, rather a setup to the words that will soon follow. I watch a lot of films, including many I would never have chosen to experience if given the option, so when something catches me as off guard as today’s pick for UTG’s 31 Days Of Halloween, I make sure to tell everyone I know.
Excision is the feature length version of a short written and directed by Richard Bates Jr. I first learned of the film earlier this year when prepping for the Boston Underground Film Festival, which is where I also screened it for the first time, and to this day I cannot tell you what inspired me to do so in the first place. I guess I’ve always had a sinister appreciation for films touted as being “politically incorrect,” but diving into the part of myself would take us way off track. The point is that I had no idea what to expect going in, and having now viewed the same film almost a dozen times I can say without the slightest hesitation that I’m still wrapping my head around everything it entails. This is on account of not only Bates’ great storytelling abilities, but the fact he’s filled his debut feature with enough horror oddities and memorable moments that there is simply too much to fully comprehend on an initial viewing. To fully appreciate everything Excision has to offer one must be willing to experience its slow-burning, inexplicably twisted plot over and over again, which is surprisingly easy (not to mention enjoyable) because the end results are so genuinely entertaining. You can view the trailer for Excision below:
Written by: James Shotwell (Twitter)