Richard Bates Jr (2012)

18 Certificate


Our Score
Fleshed out from his acclaimed 2008 short film, director Richard Bates Jr's high-gloss tragicomedy firmly places the idea of the misfit teenager in a surreal horror context. AnnaLynne McCord gives a raw performance as the awkward adolescent trying to fit into high school, please her demanding parents and find her place in life. She dreams of becoming a surgeon to help her younger sister who's dying of cystic fibrosis, but her angst-ridden delusions and medical fantasies eventually slam into psychosis, providing this challenging and creepy chiller with a nerve-shattering ending. Tricked out with a cool cult cast (Traci Lords, John Waters, Malcolm McDowell, Marlee Matlin, Ray Wise), smart cultural references, and graphic sex and gore, this suburban nightmare merrily runs the gamut from pitch black to ultra bizarre. It has an unusual impact and though not for everyone, those with a more twisted sense of humour will embrace it wholeheartedly.


A disturbed teenage girl is a social outcast at her school and harbours twisted fantasies about performing surgery on her classmates. She becomes desperate to win her mother's approval and goes to insane lengths to prove her worth, while also striving to cure her sister's cystic fibrosis. Comedy horror, starring AnnaLynne McCord, Traci Lords and Malcolm McDowell.

Cast & Crew

Pauline AnnaLynne McCord
Phyllis Traci Lords
Grace Ariel Winter
Bob Roger Bart
Adam Jeremy Sumpter
Reverend William John Waters (2)
Mr Cooper Malcolm McDowell
Amber Marlee Matlin
Principal Campbell Ray Wise
Mr Claybaugh Matthew Gray Gubler
Director Richard Bates Jr
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Monster PicturesAvailable on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 2 Nov 2012