The Perfection

The Perfection

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The Perfection is a difficult movie to pigeonhole, is it a horror movie? Or a dark psychological thriller? Ultimately it doesn't matter; the gratuitous amount of gore will entertain horror fans, and thriller aficionados will be kept guessing with a tonne of plot twists.

When the realm of classical music intertwines with psychological horror, the outcome is rarely as enthralling as The Perfection.

The film, led by the enigmatic Allison Williams, takes us on a riveting journey through ambition, betrayal, and unexpected twists that leave us both disturbed and captivated.

As melodies become eerily haunting and relationships spiral, The Perfection keeps us on the edge of our seats as it challenges the conventional boundaries of the horror genre.

What Is The Perfection Movie About?

This story begins with two female Cellists meeting in Shanghai. Elizabeth (Logan Browning) is the latest new star pupil and musical protégé of an exclusive music academy run by Anton Bachoff (Steven Weber).

While performing in China, Elizabeth meets Charlotte Willmore (Allison Williams), a former student of the same Academy. The two young cellists embark on a steamy affair which sets in motion a very twisted tale of love, revenge and retribution with plenty of shocking consequences.

But as the story unfolds, the connection between the two women takes many unexpected turns. The film spirals into a series of chilling events, blurring the lines between revenge, obsession, and psychological torment.

I will deliberately keep the rest of the plot and this review vague, or else I risk giving away the plot twists.

I will say this; having watched The Perfection without knowing anything about the story, the first 10 minutes of the movie felt like a traditional psychological thriller. I can almost hear you thinking, that sounds pretty boring! and it is.

However, once the opening scenes are over, the film will keep you guessing and gulping the whole way through.

The Perfection Official Trailer

Is The Perfection Worth Watching?

Written by Eric Charmelo, Nicole Snyder and Richard Shepard, The Perfection has echoes of Black Swan about it, but it also has a raw edge which reminded me of that other Netflix gorefest The Babysitter although The Perfection is more than a mash-up of two genres.

The performances from the cast are excellent — especially Steven Webber as the uber-smarmy director of the Music Academy. Allison Williams, who plays Charlotte, is also worthy of a mention. Although, she's in danger of becoming Hollywood's go-to ‘Crazy Bitch' with this role coming on the back of her performance as the crazy girlfriend in Get Out.

But it's not just about the performances. The choices in cinematography and direction complement Williams’ portrayal. Tight shots capture the raw emotion in her eyes, while longer shots set the stage for the suspense that follows.

Horror aficionados constantly seek fresh tales of terror on various platforms. Netflix has been churning out some notable horror flicks and The Perfection movie is one of those that has managed to create quite the buzz.

It's not your conventional horror movie – there aren't ghastly apparitions or creatures lurking in the shadows. Instead, the real horror lies in the psyche of the characters and the dark world of classical music.

Overall, it's fair to say this film doesn't always hit the high notes, but it does bang out a decent tune. There's enough twists, turns and terror to keep even the most jaded horror fan entertained.

The Perfection Film Cast

Director Richard Shepard has kept the cast and characters quite tight for this little trip down horror lane…

Allison Williams as troubled musical prodigy Charlotte Willmore

  • Molly Grace as Young Charlotte

Logan Browning as Elizabeth “Lizzie” Wells

  • Milah Thompson as Young Lizzie

Steven Weber as Anton, the head of Bachoff Academy.

Alaina Huffman as Paloma, Anton's wife

Mark Kandborg as Theis

Graeme Duffy as Geoffrey

Eileen Tian as Zhang Li


  • Plot Twists
  • Allison Williams
  • Unexpected Ending


  • Crazy At Times
  • Very Gory


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