FRESH (2022) Reviews of dating horror – with trailer and a clip!

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Fresh is a 2022 American horror film about a young woman’s defiant battle to survive her new boyfriend’s unusual appetites.

Directed by Mimi Cave from a screenplay written by Lauryn Kahn.

The movie stars Daisy Edgar-Jones, Sebastian Stan, Jojo T. Gibbs, Andrea Bang, Dayo Okeniyi, Charlotte Le Bon, Brett Dier and Alina Maris.

Reviews [may contain spoilers]:
“The real stand-out here is director Mimi Cave, who offers a layered composition packed with detail, showcasing her skill without taking away from the story. Fresh has an unusual premise, but the real surprise is how much fun it is to watch. A caveat: its rather visceral turn toward horror is not for those with weak stomachs.” @ssholes Watching Movies

Fresh channels many of the anxieties and fears of modern dating to create a film which you can get your teeth into. Mimi Cave’s feature debut has all the hallmarks of becoming a cult feast. It’s beautifully made and shot, leaving a trail of breadcrumbs for the viewer to follow […] While Edgar-Jones will receive lots of plaudits it’s the charismatic Stan who makes Fresh such a filling meal.” Backseat Mafia

” …overstays its welcome by revisiting its metaphors instead of deepening them. The reluctance to fully embrace its horror and humor lessens its impact. In the end, this charming meat-cute whets your appetite with a delectable first course of allegory, style, and great characters. But it leaves you unsatiated when it comes to horror or the lively pitch-black humor it sporadically teases.” Bloody Disgusting

“Blending taut horror with brash gruesome thrills and moments of deranged levity, Fresh is a delectable treat. Mimi Cave expertly captures the film’s impressive tonal balancing act, whilst Kahn’s narrative puts a savvy and fiendishly inventive spin on the female dating experience. Fresh is a deranged blast.” Culture Fix

“Cave directs skillfully, all with a wry eye and sense of play, and the sexual politics are nicely on display with some sharp observations in the war between men and women, but even Lecter might be repulsed at what goes on here, not just for Steve’s kinky pleasure, but as a business he runs where the customers will clearly set the image of men back a few hundred years. But isn’t that kind of the point?” Deadline

“Some may call it “timely,” although these topics have been quite relevant for as long as many of us can remember. This thematic weight is sure to create plenty of conversations as more people discover Fresh over time, you can practically already feel a long-lasting legacy of sorts in the works – for the right audience, of course. The fact that a film this abrasive and steeped in genre, from a female perspective, can exist in such a large space makes it a special treat…” Discussing Film

Daisy Edgar-Jones as Noa | Courtesy of Sundance Institute

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