Thursday, November 7, 2013

Excision and Suburban Gothic

As an ardent fan of John Waters as well as all things macabre, I am deeply ashamed that I completely missed the boat on the film Excision. The film was written and directed by Richard Bates Jr. and released in November of 2012. It features Annalynne McCord, Malcolm McDowell (whom I forgive for his stint in Entourage), Traci Lords, Marlee Matlin, and Matthew Gray Gubler. Keep an eye out for director Bates' upcoming film Suburban Gothic which he co-wrote with Mark Bruner (script coordinator for Under the Dome and the aforementioned Entourage). The film stars Kat Dennings (2 Broke Girls, Thor) and Matthew Gray Gubler (Criminal Minds, (500) Days of Summer), and features an embarrassment of riches: Sally Kirkland, Ray Wise (::geek alert:: Laura Palmer's Father from Twin Peaks), John Waters, and Mackenzie Philips, among others. The plot according to IMDB: "Raymond has a prestigious MBA, but he can't find work. He can channel the paranormal, but chatting with a cute girl mystifies him. Kicked out of his big city apartment, Raymond returns home to his overbearing mother, ex-jock father, and beer-bellied classmates. But when a vengeful ghost terrorizes the small town, the city-boy recruits Becca, a badass local bartender, to solve the mystery of the spirit threatening everyone's lives." All that and one of the characters is named Zelda. Well I for one can't wait! November 9 2013 update from the director (Richard Bates, Jr. ‏@RichardBatesJr1) via Twitter: "DO NOT watch "Excision" on starz. It's a pan & scan that looks like ABSOLUTE SHIT (not its original aspect ratio). What a joke..."

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