‘Fresh’ Creatively Explores the Horror Genre to Comment on the Modern Dating World – Inklings News


If something sounds too good to be true, it probably is. This is the lesson of “Fresh”, a horror thriller released on March 4, 2022.

The film stars Daisy Edgar-Jones and Sebastian Stan, and was directed by Mimi Cave. It follows the story of Noa (Edgar-Jones), a woman in her 20s, possibly early 30s, who is fed up with the terrible guys she meets on dating apps. After a string of failed dates, Noa decides she’s done trying to find a man.

But almost just when she temporarily swears not to date her again, she has a cute encounter with the charming, polite, and funny Steve (Stan) at a grocery store. They immediately click and her outlook on her love life changes. Quickly, Steve proposes a weekend, and that’s when Noa discovers that Steve’s facade is starting to come undone… violently.

This movie is definitely NOT for everyone. It centers on cannibalism as the main element of horror. And for horror fans, it’s much more artsy and quirky than typical horror. However, Cave combines horror and stylistic aspects very tastefully, so they don’t seem to clash.

Down to the disturbing 35-minute title card scene (a bold but dignified production choice), it feels like any other drama you’ve watched, and even has aspects of comedy. ”

— Lea Rivel ’22

First of all, the film is not designed to look like a horror movie. Down to the disturbing 35-minute title card scene (a bold but dignified production choice), it feels like any other drama you’ve watched, and even has aspects of comedy.

But come to think of it, signs of the characters eating and close-ups of parts of the characters’ faces and meat in restaurants were warning signs for what was to come. The film goes from fairly regular to horrifying after this scene, another abrupt way to break up the seemingly perfect relationship the main character found himself in.

The soundtrack integrated into the film also captivated me. It reflected the progression of the story perfectly, starting out light, ethereal, with almost a dreampop-like feel. However, as the film progressed and the gruesome parts began, the songs began to take on a more spooky tone and the background instrument crept more into the scenes. However, even in the less graphic horror scenes, the alternate soundtrack remained an integral part of the story, especially in a now internet-famous scene of Noa and Steve. dance together.

Finally, what stands out the most are the performances of the actors, in particular those of Daisy Edgar-Jones. It’s not easy to portray such a story so carefully, and Edgar-Jones, with horrifying and nuanced accompaniment from Stan, nailed every emotion that could have been felt by his character, Noa. The fearful looks in his eyes, his desperation, and his connection to other characters with his dialogue made the whole story all the more believable, and therefore more horrifying.

The movie isn’t for the faint of heart, but if your stomach is ready, “Fresh” is a 4-star movie absolutely worth watching.

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