Frightfest Halloween preview: Excision Simon Fitzjohn October 25, 2012 Features, Film4 Frightfest 1949 Fancy a horror flick that has among its cast the likes of cult favourites Traci Lords and John Waters, as well as, somewhat bizarrely, 90210’s AnnaLynne McCord? Of course you do, which is why those Frightfest guys have obliged by snapping up Excision for the all-nighter. McCord plays Pauline, a social outcast who has, to quote the press release, a ‘grotesque curiosity for the darker side of life’. Naturally this includes surgery and all sorts of body horror, with Pauline desperate to carve out (see what I did there) a career in extreme medicine to keep her folks happy. Described as a ‘take-no-prisoners suburban nightmare’, this shows a very different side to McCord than her partying blonde on the hit TV show. Directed by Richard Bates and also starring Malcolm McDowell (on a body horror roll after appearing in Antiviral), Excision will be screening at Frightfest ahead of a limited release in November.