- horror reviews - MOH 2022


IMDb Info

Release Year: 2022
Runtime: 1h 54m
Country: USA
Language: English
Genre Tags: Comedy, Horror, Thriller
Plot Summary: Fresh follows Noa (Daisy Edgar-Jones), who meets the alluring Steve (Sebastian Stan) at a grocery store and - given her frustration with dating apps - takes a chance and gives him her number.

Poster - Title Card rating: notes: Not as much comedy as you would expect for something billed as a horror comedy, but it's not without a very dark sense of humor. It's a rom-com! Until it's not! Sebastian Stan is the perfect amount of charming and creepy. I was expecting the big reveal, but it didn't quite continue from there as I thought it would, much to the film's credit. It doesn't quite engage with its subtext, but it's an enjoyable variation on a theme, and the punchline of an ending is *chef's kiss*.

Outside Reviews:

Tomris Laffly
3 out of 4 stars -

I'm making it all sound a lot more serious than it actually is. Know that the irresistibility of "Fresh" lies in the fact that it doesn't take itself too seriously—all things considered, the film manages to stay light on its feet with its "Hostel" meets "Ex Machina" concept, mostly avoiding overt, self-righteous preachiness in its moderately-feminist tale where women's bodies are perishable commodity. In this regard, Cave and her cinematographer Pawel Pogorzelski (a repeat Ari Aster collaborator) offer up a buffet of outlandishly gross but brightly lit visual tidbits of men savoring their pricey meals, keeping the mood nimble and wacky.

Katie Rife
Grade: B- - "Meat market" takes on disturbing new meaning in the dating-is-hell thriller Fresh

Fresh waits a whole 33 minutes to roll its opening credits sequence, right as the movie veers in a completely different direction. The cornball rom-com elements of Steve and Noa's courtship take on an ironic new resonance, rendered sinister by context like a pop song in the trailer for a horror movie. To that end, Stan's performance remains frighteningly consistent; what once read as charming banter now comes across like the shallow affect of a sociopath.