- “The Perfection” begins exclusively streaming on Netflix on Friday, May 24.
- Netflix purchased its distribution rights from Miramax after the film premiered at Fantastic Fest 2018.
- It’s a psychological thriller starring Allison Williams and Logan Browning as cello players with sinister passions.
- It was written by director Richard Shepard with Eric Charmelo and Nicole Snyder.
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For a couple of years now, the Netflix team in charge of acquiring worldwide distribution rights for new films has been on a bit of a spending spree. The latest buzzworthy title that’s exclusively hitting the streaming service this week is a thriller called “The Perfection.”
Without giving away too much about the plot and its twists and turns, here’s everything you need to know before you watch.
“The Perfection” is an original story
The film is directed by Richard Shepard and is based on a screenplay written by him, Nicole Snyder, and Eric C. Charmelo. Miramax picked up the script back in late 2017.
Per the scarce plot details found online, “The Perfection” is about two cello players with a “sinister obsession.” Allison Williams (“Get Out”) stars in the film as Charlotte, a troubled musical prodigy. Logan Browning (“Dear White People”) stars as Lizzie, a new talent from Charlotte’s former school.
Actors Alaina Huffman (“Smallville”) plays Palmoa and Steven Weber (“The Shining”) plays Anton, though it is unclear who these characters are.
Netflix acquired the rights after the film’s premiere in 2018
“The Perfection” was one of two last-minute additions to the lineup at Fantastic Fest 2018, an annual genre festival held in Austin, Texas, that focuses primarily on horror, thriller, science-fiction, and action films. According to Deadline, following the festival, Netflix reportedly paid in the “high seven-figure range” to distribute the film.
Reviews out of the festival were largely positive, with many agreeing that the specifics of the plot shouldn’t be spoiled and that audiences should go into it knowing as little as possible.
The trailer is terrifying and fast-paced
Netflix uploaded a trailer for “The Perfection” to YouTube in April. It’s filled with creepy crawlies, knives, terrifying music, crying, cellos, blood, and cliffs.
It is vague but quite spooky all the same. You can watch the trailer here.
It has a connection to another recent Netflix acquisition
The music for “The Perfection” was composed by Paul Haslinger, who recently worked on “The Dirt,” a biographical comedy-drama about the band Mötley Crüe which released on Netflix in March.
The Austrian composer also has experience in the thriller/horror genre, having composed music for “Fear the Walking Dead,” “Resident Evil: The Final Chapter,” and several films in the “Underworld” franchise.
It’s a psychological thriller, not a horror movie, according to Williams
During an interview with “Today,” Williams told Savannah Guthrie that “The Perfection” (like her previous film, “Get Out”) is a film that messes with your mind.
“These movies are psychological thrillers, they’re not like horror movies like you’re going to be checking under your bed before you go to sleep,” she said. “It is much more psychological and deeply human, which may be even more scary.”
Of course, things can be a little confusing and contentious when it comes to categorising films in the horror genre, so viewers will ultimately have to decide for themselves which virtual shelf “The Perfection” should be placed on.
“The Perfection” will be available to stream on Netflix on Friday.
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