Cinema provides free sick bags for screenings of cannibal horror Raw

Ben Arnold
Contributor
Sick bags… cinema gets proactive for screenings of Raw – Credit: Focus World

French director Julia Ducournau’s new horror ‘Raw’ got a bilious name for itself following its premiere at the Cannes Film Festival last year.

And after witnessing the queasy trailers, the Nuart Theatre in Los Angeles might just be onto something.

It’s providing free ‘barf bags’ for patrons, just in case the on-screen gore gets a bit much.

“One of the staff at the Nuart took up the initiative to make the barf bags out of paper lunch bags,” Mark Valen, the theatre’s programmer told The Hollywood Reporter.

“What a fun idea! I remember that used to be done with some horror releases in the 1970s.”

Fun, and also wise in terms of keeping the place tidy – the theatre has already seen instances of fainting, while one patron has indeed vomited on the premises.

(Credit: Focus World)

Paramedics were called to a screening of the movie at the Toronto Film Festival last September, after two attendees were taken ill.

Of the movie, Variety wrote: “Often so realistic that they are hard to look at, scenes that viewers of a sensitive nature may find disturbing see lacerated extremities, bite marks and gaping wounds perfectly walk the line between the visceral fun of practical effects and overt attention-grabbing.”

The movie follows Justine, a lifelong vegetarian who after a hazing initiation at veterinary school involving eating rabbit kidneys develops a taste for flesh.

Despite the provocative scenes of gore, the movie has received blazing reviews – it boasts a highly respectable 87% approval rating on reviews aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes.

It’s out in the UK on April 7.

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