10/10/17 – OCTOBER HORROR MOVIE PICK #10 – Raw.

Here’s a fantastic twisted movie that was a film festival darling for a long time, and is finally out there for the general public to give a view. So if you’re into original, warped, bizarre, eyebrow-raising, stomach-churning, French, cannibalism flicks, then boy do I have the movie for you. Raw is one of those movies that comes around and you don’t quite know what to do with it. It makes you uncomfortable in so many ways. And surprisingly to me, the cannibalism part wasn’t even the most uncomfortable part! Raw is about a girl that goes away to a prestigious veterinary school. She’s a first year student, extremely nervous and shy, and isn’t quite sure what to expect. The one saving grace she has is that her older sister is already there, and is a higher-level student, having been there for a few years now. Well, let’s just say her sister doesn’t really do her any favors. The new students are all put through insane and horrific hazing rituals. This hazing aspect is by far the most disturbing part of this film in my opinion. During one of these hazings, the vegetarian younger sister is forced by her older sister to eat a raw rabbit kidney. It not only makes her violently sick… let’s just say it changes her. Unfortunately, having been vegetarian for ages, she now craves nothing but meat. RAW meat. Yep, it goes downhill from here. The French really know how to push buttons. They don’t have the same boundaries we do when it comes to their films, and it’s all on display here. The sister relationship is already uncomfortable to start, but boy do they push it to levels we just wouldn’t in the states. This is why I love French horror flicks. It may start a little slower, building and building through numerous unnerving sequences, but holy cow does it get DARK. There are a few scenes in this movie that are truly stomach churning. We’re talking eyes-wide-open, holy shit moments. It’s not for the feint of heart, but for those of you that dare, oh baby you’re in for a treat. Just maybe don’t watch it on a full stomach. Don’t say you weren’t warned.

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