Raw is the best horror I have seen this year so far. What we have here is a masterpiece from director Julia Ducournau – and I hope there is more from this amazing lady. The film is set during a University’s ‘O’ week and focuses on the veterinary college. There’s varsity hazing. And a slow transformation from veganism to – well you can guess but I’ll spell it out: Cannibalism. Yes it’s a body horror. The story is well written and I did not pick the ending! The screen play has a richness and complexity which I found extremely satisfying. Visually it is stunning and I know I’m waxing lyrical but the cinematography is brilliant. I urge you to see this film – as long as your over 18 y/o. Don’t take your mum. Think before you take that date – but you won’t regret this movie if you like your horror. As for gross factor – not that bad – there are a couple of moments you might look away but Julia does not over do it – she has found that delicate balance and for her the story is king. Reports of cinemas giving out ‘barf bags’ due to the squeamish factor were all overblown hype. Yes it gets pretty gory but no it’s not overpowering. I know that can be a matter of opinion. Finally the musical score/sound track is wonderful – from Gothic melodies to techno trash – just glorious! French language film with English subtitles.
Verdict: 5 stars!
Director: Julia Ducournau
Staring: Garance Marillier, Ella Rumpf, Rabah Nait Oufella
Length: 1h 39min