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Unnerving, twisted, and filled with satisfying revenge. This is how to best describe Netflix’s new horror mini-series that gets under your skin and also makes you never look at kittens the same way again…

Brand New Cherry Flavor (based on the novel of the same name) is not for the faint of heart and seems to be made specifically for the horror fans who think they have seen it all.

Set in the 1990s, the series is filled with nostalgic references and a scathing critique of the Hollywood underbelly, which makes it an extra enjoyable watch for any millennial film fan looking for something creepy during this spooky season.

Brand New Cherry Flavor

Available on Netflix

There are endless twists, turns, and plenty of gross-out moments, yet it manages to keep you hooked by a stunning performance by series lead Rosa Salazar who sci-fi fans may most notably recognize from the 2019 hit film Alita.

Salazar plays the character of Lisa Nova, an aspiring young director with a killer short film that gets the attention of a not-so-nice (to say the least) movie producer named Lou Burke (Eric Lange) and after a soured relationship requests the help of the mysterious Boro (Catherine Keener) to get revenge.

To expand more would be to give away some plot spoilers, but let’s just say dark magic and gruesome body horror begin to slowly unfold as the lives of Nova and Burke become continually collide in regards to the infamous short film, as well as, a multitude of other related problems.

The entire series is packed with some major “what the fuck” moments and just when you think you’re getting a handle on it, there is another reveal that makes you second guess everything to keep you on your toes.

Mikael — Rosa Salazar in Brand New Cherry Flavor (2021) A...

Still undecided? The series creators Lenore Zion and Nick Antosca (Channel Zero) additionally manage to make this a psychedelic experience that has entire episodes that feel like a drug-filled mystery and every new character introduced is a wild window into their bold artistic vision.

Nothing is to be trusted and every character seems to pack their own brand of darkness, which makes even a second viewing of each episode worth it to catch minor things you may have missed during the show’s jaw-dropping moments.

Netflix has had a summer of spookiness and is quickly staking its overall claim as the streaming service that caters the most to genre fans looking to be wowed by modern movies. Here is hoping that this continues throughout the fall, because goddammit we all deserve new material that is weird as Hell and not ashamed of it.

One thing is for certain after you watch Brand New Cherry Flavor you’ll never be the same.

Happy Viewing!

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