From the ‘shock! horror! people fainted!’ reviews from the mainstream press, we wouldn’t blame you for going into cannibal movie Raw feeling a little worried about what’s to come. Can you stomach it? Is this going to the grossest film ever? It’s really tame for horror pros actually, but don’t let that put you off what is a brilliant flick about a veggie veterinary student who develops a taste for human flesh after an initiation ceremony. It’s smart, cool and has some beautiful shots…and is even quite funny.
Garance Marillier plays first year student Justine, who has the unfortunate pleasure of going to the same veterinary school as her intimidating older sister Alexia (Ella Rumpf). This is a coming of age tale as Justine struggles to find her own identity at the school, underneath the bold supervision of Alexia. That her identity ends up with her being a cannibal isn’t the point really – this is also about Justine’s sexual awakening and hunger of all sorts.
The leads are brilliant and this isn’t a gore fest. There are some truly haunting shots that stay with you for a long time – making cars crash to feast on the victims, Justine’s hunger when Alexia accidentally amputates a finger, a morning after scene that reveals a shock under the sheets – but Raw is an intelligent watch that will have you thinking about it for days after.
GORE RATING: 3/5
Watch it for: Lead Garance Marillier is captivating
Watch out for: Your sister’s finger