Looking for an underrated psychological horror movie with a twist? Netflix has you covered. You can stream the 2018 flick The Perfection on the platform today.
The Perfection is a film about a music prodigy who returns to her former mentors at her former school, only to find them enamored with a new student. The film follows the two musicians down a dark and shocking path. The movie creates a taut atmosphere and will keep you guessing about the twist throughout.
The Perfection is directed by Richard Shepard from a screenplay by Shepard, Nicole Snyder, and Eric C. Charmelo. The film starred Allison Williams, Logan Browning, Steven Weber, Alaina Huffman, Mark Kandborg, Graeme Duffy, and Eileen Tian. The film actually premiered at the Fantastic Fest back in 2018 before hitting Netflix in 2019, but it’s well worth checking out if you’ve missed it since Netflix made it available on its platform.
Classical music and psychological thrillers weirdly go hand-in-hand sometimes, and this film proves that it’s a combination that can definitely pay off.
The Perfection has some pretty good reviews going for it as well, with a 71 percent fresh rating from critics on Rotten Tomatoes. The consensus is that the twist is intriguing and that the film brings some top-notch performances to the table from stars Allison Williams and Logan Browning. Audiences were a little less warm toward the film, with a consensus of 56 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, with critiques focusing on the messy third act and pacing of the movie.
So, just keep in mind that your results may vary with The Perfection. Obviously, it’s not a film that became a massive hit or anything and has gone fairly underseen since its 2018 release, so it’s not surprising that the reviews of the film are mixed. However, it might just be the right film for you if you like psychological horrors mixed with classical music.
Speaking of classical music, the soundtrack of The Perfection certainly delivers in that category, with the likes of Bach, Mozart, and Handel being featured. Classical music and psychological thrillers weirdly go hand-in-hand sometimes, and this film proves that it’s a combination that can definitely pay off. The film also continues to prove that Allison William’s talents are well suited to the horror genre.
Allison Williams And Horror Movies
While Allison Williams was best known for her role in Girls before 2017, she proved her horror bonafides when she co-starred in Jordan Peele’s universally acclaimed 2017 film Get Out. The Perfection followed shortly after and kept Williams’ horror hot streak going. She would follow up that film with her role as Kit Snicket in Netflix’s A Series of Unfortunate Events TV series adaptation.
Allison Williams once again took on the horror genre in 2023 with a film that blew up much more than The Perfection when she starred in the creepy animatronic doll film M3gan. That film ended up being a surprise horror hit of 2023, which quickly led to the film getting the green light for a sequel. Williams is set to reprise her role in the sequel, which we won’t be seeing for a while, with an expected release date of 2025.
However, Allison Williams will be returning to the screen much sooner than that in the upcoming Showtime series Fellow Travelers, which is set to premiere on the premium channel this October. The series follows the lives and romance of two men and also stars Matt Bomer, Jonathan Bailey, Will Brill, Andy Milne, Erin Neufer, Jane Moffat, and Mike Taylor. While we wait for Allison Williams to appear in that Showtime series, watching The Perfection on Netflix should be the perfect holdover project.
The consensus is that the twist is intriguing and that The Perfection brings some top-notch performances to the table from stars Allison Williams and Logan Browning.
Fellow Travelers will be Allison Williams’ return to a Showtime series after co-starring in the channel’s Patrick Melrose series alongside Benedict Cumberbatch. The series is a limited series with eight episodes that is based on the novel of the same name by Thomas Mallon. Williams will play the daughter of a Senator who has been friends with Bomer’s character since they were teens.
As mentioned, you’ll be able to see Matt Bomer and Allison Williams in Fellow Travelers when it hits Showtime in October, but there are plenty of projects to check out in the meantime. It’s well worth checking out both Get Out and M3gan if you haven’t done so already.
The Perfection may not be quite as well-received as either of these films, both from a critical and commercial perspective, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t worth checking out on Netflix if you’re looking for something new to watch.