RAW (2016)

Finger-food is served during our Halloween Movie Marathon this week, as we dig into a new classic: the cannibalistic coming-of-age film Raw (2016). 

First, we're talking about the body-horror genre, and getting to the bottom of what grosses The Unenthusiastic Critic out.

Then, we're sinking our teeth into Julia Ducournau's modern masterpiece, a sensitive and humane feminist fable of awakening sexuality and awakening hungers.

It's the perfect dinner-table conversation as we explore topics of self-image, self-actualization, and sisterhood, and attempt to answer the question: Why is the idea of eating human flesh such a universal taboo? 

0:00: Prologue: Scene from The Fly (1986)
0:49: Cultural Osmosis: Pre-Viewing Discussion of Raw and Body Horror Movies
13:54: Interlude: Trailer (and Shameless Appeal)
15:05: The Verdict: Post-Viewing Discussion
1:25:13: Outro and Next Week's Movie
1:26:37: Outtake

Notes and Links

—Movie Reviewed: Raw (dir. Julia Ducournau, Petit Film, 2016).
—Prologue: clip from The Fly (dir. David Cronenberg, 20th Century Fox, 1986).
—Articles Mentioned and Referenced:  "TIFF cinemagoers faint during screening of feminist cannibal film Raw," Jacob Stolworthy, independent.co.uk; "Mark Kermode's Best Films of 2017," Mark Kermode, theguardian.com; "‘Raw’ Review: Cannibal Coming-of-Age Movie Is a Modern Horror Masterpiece," David Fear, rollingstone.com; "There’s plenty to chew on in the audacious cannibal drama Raw," Katie Rife, avclub.com; "A French Cannibal Horror Film Has a Surprisingly Feminist Message," Taylor Antrim, vogue.com; "Raw director Julia Ducournau talks cannibals, humanity, and fainting," Jack Shepherd, independent.co.uk.
—The Unenthusiastic Critic's earlier Horror Movie Marathons are available (in prose form) at unaffiliatedcritic.com.
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—Saint-Saens' "Danse Macabre" by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under CC BY 3.0.

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2 thoughts on “RAW (2016)”

  1. That reverse road kill hunting method seems like it could easily backfire. What if a driver just runs you over, instead of crashing into a tree trying to avoid you?

    1. Yeah, that's a plot point that's definitely included more for the metaphor and humor than for any kind of realism. But I like the idea that when animals run out in front of our cars they're really trying to kill us so they can eat us.

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