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The Perfection: A Fun Horror Film That Might Bug You Out

June 5, 2019

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The Perfection is a fun horror movie that goes for broke with its gore and twists that are simultaneously unpredictable and predictable (trust me). Director/writer Richard Shepard (Girls, The Matador – watch it now, it’s fun) recruited Allison Williams (Get Out), whom he directed in HBO’s Girls, and together they went for broke, and made a film that is getting lots of buzz for making people vomit. What I like most about The Perfection is how you never really care about where it’s going, because the journey is so bonkers. Writers Nicole Snyder and Eric C. Charmelo (both have written episodes for Supernatural and Ringer), should be appaluded for devsing this weird story, and juggling twists-and-turns featuring femme fatales, sex, vomit, flashbacks and horrible bus rides.

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The Perfection tells the story of a cellist named Charlotte Willmore (Allison Williams) traveling to Shaghai to reunite with her former teachers. While in Shanghai, she is asked to help judge a competition that will award a young cellist with a scholarship to a prestigious music school in Boston, that is owned by Charlotte’s former teacher Anton (Stephen Webber). While at the competition she meets Lizzie (Logan Browning), the schools latest rockstar. The two hit it off, and after a wild night, decide to take a trip across China together. What follows leads to some gnarly and trashy places that you will either love or hate.

The Perfection knows exactly what it is (a trashy horror film) and it has fun being what it is. The performances by Allison Williams and Logan Browning are excellent, and I admire how they seemed down for whatever Richard Shepard came up with. Normally, I’d go into spoiler territory, but since I knew nothing about the movie beforehand, I recommend you do the same. Don’t cheat yourself out of a roller-coaster of a film because a twist was spoiled.

If you are a fan of fun horror films that might be smarter than they let on, I totally recommend you watch The Perfection.

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11 Comments leave one →
  1. John Leavengood permalink
    June 5, 2019 11:37 am

    This shocked me again and again, not only in its storytelling style, but the performances and writing. Its twisted nature reminded me of pithy Korean revenge horror/thrillers.

  2. John Leavengood permalink
    June 5, 2019 11:39 am

    I also agree with the review that this is best approached knowing nothing about it. The trailer is so NOT what the film is, so much as a single scene/theme.

    • June 5, 2019 11:40 am

      I started writing the review and was like “crap,” I don’t want to say anything….but I wanted to promote it.

      • John Leavengood permalink
        June 5, 2019 11:42 am

        You wrote exactly what you should have–just enough. I wanted to write about this… stared at my computer for 5 minutes… then decided not to since I prefer a more spoiler-centric or comparative approach. But that would give it all away even to compare it.

  3. June 23, 2019 9:40 am

    This movie was a brain melter! I won’t give any spoilers by saying anything about it except “wow”.

  4. Jesse B permalink
    July 9, 2019 9:54 pm

    There’s only been a few movies I’ve seen that make me anxious to get to the end just to know if I should be invested as much in the characters as I am. The last movie that had me feeling like The Perfection was Hereditary, so I think that’s a good sign. This movie had all the anxiety of a bout of vertigo but wrapped around some great, engaging characters and awesome performances. Was a true treat. And the last song sequence – epic!

    • July 10, 2019 10:03 pm

      I loved the journey! It was such a “fun” (AKA stressful) experience. Excited to watch it again.

  5. August 27, 2019 3:28 pm

    I’ve been trying to decide on a horror film to watch on Netflix for my upcoming Horror event so thank you for this review!! This may just be the film I’ll watch

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