Movie Review: Raw


Movie Review by Siobahn Harris


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Did you ever read that book If You Give Mouse a Cookie when you were a kid? I did, I used to love it! If you gave a mouse a cookie, he wanted a glass of milk. By the end of the book you realized he was just a needy bastard, but you keep reading because damnit, he was cute! This movie reminds me of that book, If You Give a Vegetarian Meat, she’s going to want more!

Like always, let’s go over the basics first. This is a French movie found on Netflix, but don’t shy away from the subtitles because it is absolutely worth it! A young vegetarian girl heads off to college to join her sister in learning how to be a veterinarian. As a college freshman, Justine’s life (played by Garance Marillier) is filled with insane hazing that is similar to hostage situations that end in dance parties. Silly Freshmen, you don’t need beds! Things take a weird turn when the hazing includes forcing the freshmen to eat raw meat. While Justine did what she could to avoid this step, even pleading with her sister Alexia (played by Ella Rumpf) to explain that their whole family is vegetarians. However, her sister, in a sense, turns on her by forcing her to take part in the hazing. When she does, things take a dark turn. Soon she develops a rash that covers her body, but it’s only when her craving for meat starts that she really notices a problem. Her sister tries to help her from time to time but Alexia has very little patience for her little sister. Justine spends most of her time bonding with her roommate. Soon her cravings turn from simple meats like burger from the cafeteria to raw meat, but the crazy part is, she learns she isn’t alone in her new blood-filled world. After learning the tricks of her new life, she attempts to reject it but finds it a difficult task. Her first year of college is filled with embarrassment, pissy teachers, hazing, self-discovery, new love, the true meaning of family, and oh so many dark secrets. Let’s be honest, it’s just like normal college!

I loved this movie! It was intense, bloody, and it was the perfect amount of question mark (kept you guessing but kept you intrigued). I loved the interactions between the sisters because it seemed so real. The scene with them on the rooftop was one of my favorites because it was like watching two little girls just being stupid, which I feel we all need to do more often. Raw shows us our inner animal instincts that reveal themselves as a result of us rejecting what our bodies truly need. True Fear lives and breathes in this movie, people! I’ve watched it twice and if I’m being honest, I will probably watch it again. Do yourself a favor, watch it.

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Siobahn Harris graduated from Southern New Hampshire University with honors, earning her bachelor’s degree in Creative Writing and English with a concentration on fiction writing. She worked for three months editing non-fiction books for Motivational Press and now runs a blog page sharing horror themed short stories and movie reviews. While she enjoys editing, her true passion is using her creativity to create new and unique stories that can truly scare her audience. Her dream is to one day put her writing skills to the test and work with a team to develop a horror themed video game or movie. She plans to continue learning as much as she can about the writing industry to perfect her skills and someday rule the world.

4 thoughts on “Movie Review: Raw

  1. Hey girl!

    This is so interesting, everyone loved this movie but me. I thought the script was terrible and I kept thinking I bet the director wrote it. And sure enough the director did. Cause 9 times out of 10 the director can’t write and the writer can’t direct. But everyone wants to do all.

    Anyhow, here’s the question for you:

    I just didn’t buy her sudden switch from vegetarian to meat hound so I couldn’t get on board with it. Sure the visuals were amazing, and it was a very interesting concept and well done, but did you buy the motivation to change from vegetarian to meat hound.

    First she’s disgusted then she throws up then all of a sudden she loves meat.

    What is your spin on this, or did you just ignore it cause you loved the whole concept of it?


    Clarissa Jacobson Writer/Producer Lunch Ladies Facebook Instagram Pinterest Twitter YouTube Channel

    On Wed, Mar 14, 2018 at 10:43 PM, Ubiquitous Horror wrote:

    > Siobahn posted: “Raw Movie Review by Siobahn Harris Gore Alert! Gore > Alert! Gore Alert! Gore Alert! Gore Alert! Gore Alert! Did you ever read > that book If You Give Mouse a Cookie when you were a kid? I did, I used to > love it! If you gave a mouse a cookie, he wanted a gla” >

    1. Hey Clarissa!

      I love how you were able to pin point the writer of the film, too funny! To be honest, her change was very abrupt. However, being someone who has danced the line of vegan and meat lover, I know the cravings. I think the point was that their family was different, like something was wrong with them. None of the other students had this problem and with the amount of kids there, someone had to be vegetarian like them. I can’t imagine they are the only vegetarians in the area. That left me to assume they were born with a defect, which is why they mother attempted to raise them off of meat.

  2. Thanks for another well-written, informative review. Definitely will not be a movie I watch but your reviews help me know which movies to steer clear off so I am not slip sliding around in the blood and guts. 😀

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