A few months back, I wrote about how we've had a string of great horror movies lately (you can read that post here: https://www.thefresnerd.com/home/2017/4/28/dont-breathe-and-a-run-of-great-horror). I was recently able to sit down and watch a couple of foreign horror movies that continued that trend of great horror.
"Raw" is a French film about a girl from a strictly vegetarian family, who goes to veterinary school and develops a taste for flesh after a hazing ritual.
"Train to Busan" is a South Korean movie about a group of travelers on a train during a zombie outbreak.
Both movies are currently available on Netflix and should be added to your queue.
Let's start with "Raw". I want to start by saying that if you like horror movies, you just need to go watch this movie. Don't worry about what I have to say, just go watch it, then come back.
This movie definitely goes deeper than just "hey, she suddenly has a taste for meat!". There are probably a lot of themes that went over my head, but the movie does explore the idea of finding yourself and your place in the world.
Be warned that "Raw" is very graphic. But it's not that "gore porn" style of just being explicit for the sake of it.
I'm giving "Raw" a Fresnerd B, with the stipulation that if you are a horror fan you do need to see this.
On that note, let me say that if you are a fan of the zombie genre, then you need to watch "Train to Busan".
This movie's biggest weakness is that it's one of those movies that literally tells you what the main character's flaw is. Seriously, his daughter tells him.
But getting past that, enjoy the action and the rest of the story. The effects in this movie are amazing. There are a few scenes that (I'm assuming) are CG, but they are very well done. It doesn't look like a video game.
The makeup and movement of the "infected" in this movie are great. The way everyone moves are what we might expect from actual zombies. No lunging to take a bite, but rather throwing their entire body into what they are doing. For a mindless creature specifically aimed at eating something, this seems reasonable.
The overall cast is interesting. You've got everything ranging from the selfish people only out to save themselves, to the selfless who are trying to help everyone. Not exactly unique for a zombie movie, but it is a good mix.
I'm also giving this movie a Fresnerd B, again with the stipulation that if you are a fan of horror movies, or at least zombie movies, then you need to go watch this.