BRAND NEW CHERRY FLAVOR (2021) Reviews of Netflix horror mini-series

 

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Brand New Cherry Flavor is a 2021 American horror mini-series about an aspiring female film director whose supernatural revenge backfires.

The eight episodes were directed by Gandja Monteiro, Jake Schreier, Matt Sobel, Nick Antosca, and Arkasha Stevenson from scripts written by Nick Antosca, Haley Z. Boston, Matthew Ross Fennell, Todd Grimson, Lenore Zion, Christina Ham, Mando Alvarado and Alana B. Lytle. The series was created by aforementioned Nick Antosca (The Act; Channel Zero).

The Eat the Cat-Netflix-Universal Content Productions (UCP) series stars Rosa Salazar, Catherine Keener, Eric Lange, Jeff Ward and Manny Jacinto.

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Plot:

1990: Lisa Nova (Rosa Salazar) goes to Los Angeles dead set on directing her next movie. But when she trusts the wrong person and gets stabbed in the back, everything goes sideways and a dream project turns into a nightmare.

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This particular nightmare has zombies, hitmen, supernatural kittens, and a mysterious tattoo artist who likes to put curses on people. And she’s going to have to figure out some secrets from her own past in order to get out alive…

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Reviews:

“While it’s certainly not of the caliber of a David Lynch movie, Brand New Cherry Flavor operates with a similar sensibility of intentional distancing […] there are some genuinely unsettling sequences—occasionally gory, sometimes strikingly unnerving—that keep the show firmly in horror-noir territory, even as it can also be deadpan funny. But for those who don’t mind the loopy, meandering not-quite-real-ness of it all, Cherry Flavor makes for an engagingly offbeat affair.” AV Club

“Just when it feels like the series verges on predictability it takes a wicked turn and at only eight episodes it doesn’t suffer any problems with pacing. Brand New Cherry Flavor tells an important, timely story that often feels like a new season of Channel Zero, but with an even bigger scope and mission to provoke. Brand New Cherry Flavor provides the perfect taste for horror fans, and audiences won’t ever want to cleanse their palates.” Bloody Disgusting

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“The longer the story goes, the more the pretense of a conventional drama falls away. In the process, few series this year prove as adept at translating stress into visual form. Whether by shades of degrees or through a kilowatt jolt of nervous energy, Brand New Cherry Flavor feasts on the insecurities of both character and viewer…” IndieWire

Brand New Cherry Flavor is quite possibly the gnarliest, craziest, most disturbing show you’ll ever see […] so much gross and nasty imagery on this show.” Rama’s Screen

” …even the style-over-substance horror crowd seems bound to be disappointed by Cherry Flavor. Yet another miniseries that should’ve been a 90-minute film, it wrings way too much content out of too little material. The monsters—writhing spectral figures, literally faceless women—are nothing we haven’t seen before.” Time

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Release date:

Netflix will stream the Brand New Cherry Flavor series from August 13, 2021.

Cast and characters:

Rosa Salazar … Lisa Nova
Mark Acheson … Pierre
Daniel Doheny … Jonathan
Catherine Keener … TBC
Manny Jacinto … TBC
Eric Lange … Lou Burke
Hannah Levien … Christine Woods
Crystal Albert … Denise- Zombie
Darcy Laurie … Joe
Siena Werber … Mary Gray
Kenya Jordan … Faceless Woman
Skylar Radzion … Zelda
Eva Ariel Binder … Creature
Leland Orser … Mike
Jayson Blair … Jules Brandenberg
Patrick Fischler … Alvin Sender
Aya Furukawa … Server
Michael Bardach … Vagrant
Pete Antico … Sniffles
Georgia Bradner … Sorority Girl
Leah Cairns … Veronica Burke
Emma Cam … Blonde Nurse
Stephanie Cleough … Candy St. Claire
Peter Dewhurst … Camera Guy
Jason Gray … The Friend
Selma Heyman … Cop
Brett Justin Koppel … Looper
Gabriel LaBelle … Tim Nathans
King Lau … Guard
Zena Leigh … Studio Woman
Kyra Leroux … Tess Nathans
Leah McKesey … Bahlam Itzel
Jessica McLeod … Freak
Maria Meadows … Stacey
Debbie Podowski … Jody Heights
Jack Robinson … Studio Man

Filming locations:

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
The Bridge Studios, Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada (studio)
Los Angeles, California (on location)

Filming dates:

25 November 2019 – 2 March 2020

Notes:

We don’t normally cover series but Brand New Cherry Flavor seems like it will be worth watching.

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