Every year or two, there’s that horror movie that is so gross or shocking or uncomfortable or upsetting that it elicits bouts of vomiting or rounds of fainting. Raw elicited both last year during the Toronto Film Festival, and after having seen the trailer, I get why. It is messed up.
Here’s the logline:
In Justine’s family everyone is a vet and a vegetarian. At 16, she’s a gifted teen ready to take on her first year in vet school, where her older sister also studies. There, she gets no time to settle: hazing starts right away. Justine is forced to eat raw meat for the first time in her life. Unexpected consequences emerge as her true self begins to form.
Those unexpected consequences? Apparently, a super terrible rash and a bad case of cannibalism.
Here’s a sample blurb from a Variety review:
“Often so realistic that they are hard to look at, scenes that viewers of a sensitive nature may find disturbing see lacerated extremities, bite marks and gaping wounds perfectly walk the line between the visceral fun of practical effects and overt attention-grabbing.”
NSFW, because damn.
It should be noted that, aside from being really gross, it has also received very good reviews out of Toronto.