- horror reviews - MOH 2019

The Perfection

IMDb Info

Release Year: 2018
Runtime: 1h 30min
Country: USA, Canada
Language: English, Mandarin
Genre Tags: Drama, Horror, Music
Plot Summary: When troubled musical prodigy Charlotte seeks out Elizabeth, the new star pupil of her former school, the encounter sends both musicians down a sinister path with shocking consequences.

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Outside Reviews:

Sheila O'Malley
2 out of 4 stars -

At first, "The Perfection" seems like is going to be an "All About Eve"-type story, with the sexual complications of "Black Swan," and the pressures of "Whiplash," until it careens into David Cronenberg body-horror, obliterating any expectation that you know where things are headed. Not knowing where anything is going is the primary fun of "The Perfection" (and it is fun). With a script by Eric C. Charmelo, Nicole Snyder and Shepard, "The Perfection" has a gory grindhouse sleaze overlaid with the tony gleam of the upper-crust, a very sick combo.

Katie Rife
Grade: B- - The Perfection is a shamelessly trashy B-movie in elevated horror drag

If Netflix is the new video store, then The Perfection is the new direct-to-video thriller. A lurid little movie that tracks horror mud onto the wall-to-wall carpeting of ’90s erotic thrillers through the sheer force of its creative sadism, it would play extremely well on the bottom half of a bill headlined by Korean auteurs Park Chan-wook or Kim Ji-woon. Like those directors’ films, The Perfection takes deep, fetishistic satisfaction in pushing the envelope, then pushing it some more, building in seductive fits and shocking starts to an orgiastic frenzy of cinematic excess. Is it a progressive movie? Not especially, but that’s okay as long as you know what you’re getting into. Will it be fun to watch? For some people, absolutely.