The provocative and bloody feminist horror film “Raw” puts a unique and sublimely horrific spin on coming-of-age horror films.
I remember the unforgettable experience of seeing Raw in the theater and being blown away. It was clear I was watching the debut of a startling new voice in genre filmmaking. In the tradition of films like the excellent Ginger Snaps, this dark and captivating, female-driven coming-of-age story is smart, stylish, and a bit shocking. I was thrilled to hear Carolyn select it for inclusion on her show. You don’t want to miss this one! – Stephanie (Editor-in-Chief)
SHOW NOTES FROM HOST CAROLYN SMITH-HILLMER:
Word to the wise: Eat BEFORE watching, not after.
Before Julia Ducournau became the second female director to win the Palme d’Or, the top award at the Cannes Film Festival, for her sophomore film Titane, she premiered another film at the prestigious festival — her debut film Raw.
The film received critical acclaim, with praise for Ducournau’s direction and screenplay, though it was met with some controversy for its graphic content.
As always, this episode offers a deep dive into films with plot-by-plot analysis. So, be sure to watch Raw to avoid spoilers. You can stream it on Netflix or rent it on most VOD platforms.
ABOUT THE SHOW:
The Final Girl on 6th Ave is a weekly show where host, Carolyn Smith-Hillmer, dissects an arthouse/elevated horror film. Each episode includes a detailed play-by-play of the film itself and a subsequent deep dive into the thematic elements and symbolism. Because elevated horror is sometimes viewed within the horror community as pretentious, Carolyn makes sure to use her down-to-earth tone and unique perspective to make these films less intimidating for the casual horror viewer and less ostentatious for the genre lover.
Listen to more episodes on the show’s website here.