Cannibal horror movie Raw is so gruesome it’s making viewers faint

Paramedics had to be rushed to a screening in Toronto.

Cannibal horror movie Raw
Raw What is it good for?

A new cannibal horror movie called Raw is so extreme it’s reportedly making viewers pass out.

The French-language film caused a major stir at the Toronto International Film Festival when multiple audience members passed out during a screening, prompting paramedics to rush to the scene.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the graphic scenes were too extreme for many at the Madness Madness showing earlier this week.

“An ambulance had to be called to the scene as the film became too much for a couple patrons,” said Ryan Werner, who is promoting the film for Cinetic Media at the festival.

French director Julia Ducournau’s movie debut, described as a feminist horror story, revolves around a vegetarian veterinary student who slowly finds herself turning to cannibalism.

Lars Von Trier’s Antichrist provoked similar reactions when it screened at Toronto, while some on Twitter brought up Danny Boyle’s 127 Hours.

The Oscar-nominated survival drama saw James Franco play a climber who had to amputate his own arm to free himself from underneath a boulder. That film saw audience members fainting during its Toronto run, but Raw appears to have taken things to the next level.

Intriguingly, Raw had its world premiere back in May at the Cannes Film Festival and there were no reported queasy spells.

Maybe this is proof that Europeans are made of sterner stuff than their American counterparts?

Watch a clip from Raw below to see what you’re letting yourself in for:

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Loaded digital media manager Simon Reynolds has written about film and entertainment for various leading websites since 2008. Follow Simon at @simonreyn