Timothée Chalamet and Taylor Russell in Bones and All.

From director Luca Guadagnino (Call Me By Your Name) comes a very different kind of love story: Rather than eating peaches, this one involves eating fingers, intestines and the like. Guadagnino has accomplished the seemingly impossible with Bones and All: He’s concocted a heartfelt coming-of-age love story while also making one of the year’s best horror films.

Timothée Chalamet and Taylor Russell play star-crossed lovers who happen to be afflicted with a cannibal disease. In this film, the cannibals are not out in the open, but are part of an underground society; they can smell each other.

The film doesn’t really go into how many people on Earth are afflicted, but it’s probably quite a few, since they run into many fellow cannibals.

Those fellow cannibals include Mark Rylance as an especially creepy cannibal who just wants a friend, as well as an unrecognizable Michael Stuhlbarg and David Gordon Green as a couple of rednecks. While Chalamet and Russell are friendlier flesh-eaters, the other folks are a little more menacing—but they all eat people in especially gory fashion, often starting in the stomach area, which is really gross.

Strangely, the film ends up being as beautiful as Call Me By Your Name, and as creepy as George Romero’s best zombie films. It’s a nice addition to a genre that didn’t seem to have many new directions.

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