We need to get into spoiler territory pretty quickly to talk about Fresh in any meaningful way, so if you’re particularly sensitive to that kind of thing, here’s the scoop: if you want to see a pretty good rom-com starring Daisy Edgar-Jones and Sebastian Stan turn into a pretty great satirical horror movie about the commodification of the self through social media and dating apps, point your browser to Disney+ and hit play.
Edgar-Jones is Noa, a young woman who is clearly having a rough time of it in the modern dating scene until she meets the charming Steve (Sebastian Stan). Handsome, funny, self-deprecating, and even a doctor, Steve ticks all the right boxes, so Noa doesn’t think twice about going away for a weekend with him. But if something seems too good to be true, it probably is, which is why Noa wakes up in a cell in the basement of Steve’s conveniently remote country home.
Steve — real name Brendan — is a cannibal. But that’s not the worst of it — market forces are a bitch even in the human flesh demimonde, and if there are no clean hands under capitalism then we can’t really blame ol’ Steve for finding his economic niche, which is procuring the flesh of women for wealthy cannibal clients. It’s a high-end business with a personal touch — each cut of meat is vacuum-sealed for freshness and packaged with a photo of the victim, a biography, and some personal items of clothing. And to make sure he’s selling only the freshest cuts, he keeps his victims alive for as long as possible as he sections off their bodies piece by piece. Noa needs to keep her wits about her to turn the tables on Steve/Brendan — but how far is she willing to go?