Euro-horror isn’t afraid to tackle taboos with unflinching gusto, and writer-director Julia Ducournau’s stylish arthouse cannibal film is an appetising feast of coming-of-age themes and Cronenbergian body horror.
A reserved first-year veterinary student (Garance Marillier) undergoes a frightening transformation following a hazing ritual that involves animal blood (Carrie-style) and consuming a raw rabbit kidney. It’s the latter that proves problematic – she’s a strict vegetarian and a taste of forbidden flesh soon develops into a hunger for human meat. Despite its grisly subject and several squirm-inducing set pieces, Raw is not an overly gruesome film by French standards. The shock tactics are mere condiments to a haunting rites-of-passage story that’s as much about fitting in and family ties as it is about cannibalism.
Release Date: 20 September 2017
Format: DVD Blu-ray
Starring: Garance Marillier, Ella Rumpf, Rabah Nait Oufella