A once-promising music prodigy reconnects with her former mentor,
only to find they have become taken with a talented new pupil.
The Perfection (2018)
Directed by Richard Shepard
Written by Richard Shepard, Eric Charmelo, Nicole Snyder
Starring Allison Williams, Logan Browning,
Steven Weber, Alaina Huffman
Holy shit! Talk about an absolute surprise! Like many horror films, I have been hearing about The Perfection for a while. But not in the usual way that involves me keeping track of a film from when its first announced to its eventual release. In this case, and also like many others admittedly, it was simply dumped onto Netflix with barely any notice and little fanfare. But, word of mouth started to spread quickly. It seemed like everyone who was watching was just heaping tons of praise towards this little movie. I even kept seeing it on several ‘best of’ end of year lists. And, finally, there was one common thing being said: “Go in completely blind.” So, naturally, I avoided all trailers and articles related to the film until I finally got around to seeing it. And, boy, am I glad I did. Talk about a horror movie which rewards the viewer for knowing absolutely next to nothing about it. With that said, let’s get into it.
Allison Williams and Logan Browning star as Charlotte and Elizabeth, respectively. Both are standout in their roles, even with all the twists and turns. Williams, in particular, is a joy to watch as her allegiances seem to constantly change. Steven Weber also shines as music teacher, Anton. While initially just another character, he quickly starts to nearly steal the show as the film progresses. Now, unfortunately, I really can’t get into too much more detail without spoiling anything. Just know this is a film with a heavy theme of things not being what they seem. A theme that is pulled off extremely well, I might add.
Again, unfortunately, I really can’t get into too much detail here in my review. The Perfection is a film that you need to go into as blind as possible. Saying too much here would just spoil all the fun. Just know, the hype around this film is well deserved. A brilliantly acted horror film which keeps you guessing on which direction it’s going in. Trust me on this, check out The Perfection as soon as possible. You won’t regret it.