If youre scared of bugs, you might not want to watch The Perfection, Netflixs insanely creepy looking new horror movie coming out next Month. The streamer released a trailer for the horror story on Monday, giving viewers their first glimpse at a movie that earned strong reviews out of 2018s Fantastic Fest.
The Perfection stars Allison Williams as Charlotte, a musical prodigy who becomes obsessed with Lizzie (Logan Browning), a star cello student at her former school. The trailer opens with Lizzie and Charlotte walking in an abandoned stretch of wilderness. Lizzies freaking out, certain that something is wrong with her. And shes right—because just a few seconds later (in the great tradition of The Mummy), the skin on her arm starts popping up, crawling with bugs just beneath the surface. She even barfs bugs, in case the arm thing wasnt gross enough!
Charlotte, of course, has a very 127 Hours-inspired solution: pulling a massive cleaver out of nowhere and urging, “You know what you have to do.” Between this and Get Out, Williams is drawing up a highly specific bait-and-switch horror niche. Trust no Allisons!
The Perfection is directed by Girls alum Richard Shepard (who helmed, among others, the HBO comedy standouts standout “Panic in Central Park” episode), and written by Shepard, Eric C. Charmelo, and Nicole Snyder. The film made its premiere last September at the horror-heavy Fantastic Fest, earning strong early reviews from critics. Netflix quickly snapped it up for a reported high seven-figure deal. “The crowd reaction to the movie was swift, intense and amazing,” Shepard said in a statement at the time. “This film has some urgent themes and is a wild ride. We wanted to reach the broadest audience possible with the release, and with Netflix we can achieve that.” Lets see if itll unseat the popular, but critically ill-received Bird Box as the streamers current reigning horror flick.
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Into the Badlands
AMC took a big, fantastical swing with Into the Badlands, a dystopian series about a fearsome fighter (Daniel Wu) and a poor boy (Aramis Knight) with dark potential. The show, which debuted in 2015 and will end this year, wasnt a ratings smash upon release, but has garnered strong reviews with each passing season.Photo: By Aidan Monaghan/AMC.
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The Bastard Executioner
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The Shannara Chronicles
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