Raw DVD CoverEuro-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
  Garance Marillier, Ella Rumpf, Rabah Nait Oufella

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