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[Review] ‘Raw’ is Riveting, Tense, and Absolutely Stunning

Focus World is serving up a heaping slice of horror when Julia Ducournau’s Raw hits theaters on March 10, 2017.

Garance Marillier delivers a powerhouse of a performance, playing a young vegan girl entering her first year of veterinarian school. There, she reconnects with her older sister, while battling new feelings, emotions, and urges in this coming-of-age horror film that can only be likened to Ginger Snaps.

The chaos begins when a young vegetarian, Justine (Marillier), undergoes a carnivorous hazing ritual at vet school, an unbidden taste for meat begins to grow in her.

Ducournau’s film is as riveting as it is tense, chewing on complex issues while also hammering the audience with fucked up sequences (one in particular nearly made me vomit).

And as gross as Raw can get, the camerawork and cinematography together are masterful, delivering one of the most gorgeous horror films in years.

The year is already jam-packed with great horror films, but Raw is going to make a case as the best. This cannibal flick is timeless, and will connect with young horror fans for years to come, making it an instant classic and possible all-time great.


12 Comments
  • sliceanddice

    looking forward to this.

  • Holly Effin Peacock

    I’m definitely excited about this. Hope it doesn’t disappoint.

  • Nahuel Benvenuto

    sounds great

  • Chance LeBoeuf

    I can never take reviews by this guy seriously. Either he’s crapping on something in very petty ways, or he’s writing hyperbolic fluff pieces like this.

    I’m still fairly interested in watching Raw, but I highly doubt this is gonna be what he says it is. After all, this is the same guy that praised As Above So Below and Blair Witch as “masterful horror game-changers.”

    • cduns

      I hate to say it but I agree as far as the tone of his reviews. He lost a lot of credibility to me the way he reviewed BW, and I think a toned-down and more critical/analytical review would be better for us readers.

    • ChowYunPhat

      The “Blair Witch is a game changer” is the most painfully wrong opinion I think I’ve ever read on this site. Only reason I clicked on the review was to verify the release date.

      • In my opinion, Blair Witch is probably the worst found footage film of ever, even Devil’s Inside is better than that crap.

  • Munchie

    This review seems like it’s written purposefully with little phrases that could be added to posters and other marketing materials.

  • Tell us about the scene that nearly made you vomit.

  • Shawn Sheehan

    This movie suuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuucked

  • UnRepentant

    A six paragraph review that barely reviews the film in any detail. Damn, Brad, you just not want to do this one?

  • SayTen

    Why is this movie getting such glowing reviews??? It’s disjointed, not scary, or gory. There was some potential here, but it seems like the writers didn’t know how to pull it off.

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