Anticipation Alert: Raw (2017)

How often do you hear news or see a headline that someone passes out in a movie theater because something onscreen was so intense….so horrifying….so disgusting that they just couldn’t stand it and had to drop to the floor or vomit.  I think the last time I can recall something like this happening was during a screening of the movie Bite.  And if you go back and read my review for Bite, then you’ll realize that the hype surrounding that was all a pile of bullshit.  But yes, hype is hype – and whether you want to believe the hype or not (Chuck D would advise you not to), it can be effective and help a movie strive.

The latest movie to jump onboard the ‘someone passed out in the theater’ train is Raw. It’s a delightful tale about a vegetarian who attends a veterinarian school and is forced into a hazing ritual which puts her onto the road of eating meat.  Let’s check out the Red Band trailer below and discuss:

I can tell you something before we go any further, and that’s that the French have a way of making some truly fucked up horror movies (Inside, High Tension, Martyrs).  So based off of that alone, I’m ready for Raw.  Add to that the fact that director Julia Ducournau seems to have skills behind the camera because the trailer if visually stunning.  Fucked up, but visually stunning.  And also probably one of the most effective trailers I’ve seen in a long time.  This is on the top of my list for 2017 and will be out in the US on March 10th.  I do have a feeling that Raw is going to be an acquired taste though.  That bad cannibal joke is free of charge.

Anticipation Alert: The Bye Bye Man (2017)

Question for you single guys out there.  If you had a hot girl sitting next to you and she had a maggot crawling out of her eye, would that be a deal breaker?  A possible turn-on maybe?  You’re probably wondering why I’m asking you this absurd question.  Well because it looks like that actually happens in a scene from the upcoming 2017 horror movie called The Bye Bye Man.

It’s as if The Slender Man and Mister Babadook had some hot sweaty sex and then immediately afterwards, out popped The Bye Bye Man!  Now why is this movie anticipated by me?  Well – a few reasons.  First, as I alluded to earlier, I have a thing for CGI maggots crawling out of hot girls’ eyes.  Second, character actor and contortionist Doug Jones (Hellboy 2, Pans Labyrinth) plays The Bye Bye Man.  And third, because it looks like a complete clusterfuck of a horror movie and sometimes those can be rather enjoyable.

Oh – and it comes out in January which can only mean good things (for those unaware, January is a bad month to release movies).  The acting doesn’t seem terrible, nor does the overall look of The Bye Bye Man – so if you wanna jump on my anticipation train, then look for the release on January 13th.  And for God’s sake, don’t say or even think his name until then!