7. Excision

Director: Richard Bates Jr.
Stars: AnnaLynne McCord, Traci Lords, Ariel Winter, Roger Bart, John Waters, Malcolm McDowell, Marlee Matlin, Jeremy Sumpter, Ray Wise
Release info: Seeking distribution

Why you should be excited: Anyone who’s up on thier trashy cinema history should be able to comprehend Excision’s campy spirit from its acting credits listed above; specifically, the name Traci Lords. The queen of softcore Skin-a-max films, who infamously became a porn star before she was of legal age, Lords isn’t the kind of actress a credibility-chasing Hollywood executive would hire to play the mother of a teenage loner (played by 90210 sexpot AnnaLynne McCord, doing the “Charlize Theron in Monsterpractice of "going ugly" here). Which is, frankly, one of the many reasons why we’re stoked about Excision.

With several Sundance critics pegging it as a John-Waters-esque, darkly funny gorefest, writer-director Richard Bates Jr.’s buzzy genre flick, in which McCord’s character acts on her obsession with performing surgical procedures, has the potential to be one the year’s most politically incorrect horror films. Or, at the very least, one of the genre’s craziest new entries. Perhaps even inspiring a new trend of casting softcore actresses in atypical roles—imagine a slasher movie starring Shannon Tweed as the killer.