45: The Perfection: A Rocketshit

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Welcome to Everything Trying to Kill You, the comedy podcast that talks about horror movies! In episode 45, “A Rocketshit” your hosts Mary Kay McBrayer and Mary Beyer welcome on Ashlee Blackwell, founder of Graveyard Shift Sisters, and producer and co-writer of the documentary on Shudder, Horror Noire to discuss the film The Perfection. They answer important questions like these:

What would make you shit on the sidewalk? Is this movie scary? What could be worse than getting sick like that on a bus? Is Mary clairvoyant? Could you get past someone tricking you into cutting off your own arm, even if it was “for your own good?” How accurate is this abuse to the musical training? Did you like the image of them playing the cello at the end? Which example of the body horror was the MOST horrific? Was it the bugs? Why? Why should we play through the pain? What could have motivated a woman to revenge besides sexual abuse? Did you find that cause a little lacking in imagination? Did the structure of the Movements work for you? What exactly motivated those decisions? Do you like Charlotte and Lizzie? If Lizzie is coded as queer… does it have anything to do with the fact that she’s been tortured and raped? Is it implying that someone BECOMES and orientation? (In the film.) Is that what the STORY is saying? Is convincing Lizzie to cut off her hand the ONLY way to save her? What ibuprofen pills are that large? What did you think about the film angles and camerawork? What was your favorite shot in the movie? How did Jeffrey and Theus come into this job? Who invented that scary Saw rape apparatus? If you were attacking scary cello rapist man, what song would play while you dismembered and blinded him?

The Perfection (2019)—Directed by Richard Shepard, written by Eric C. Charmelo, Richard Shepard; performances by Allison Williams, Logan Browning, Steven Weber

Genre: Horror, Thriller, Suspense, Music, Body Horror, Slasher

Where to watch: Netflix

Summary: When troubled musical prodigy Charlotte (Allison Williams) seeks out Elizabeth (Logan Browning), the new star pupil of her former school, the encounter sends both musicians down a sinister path with shocking consequences.

Links:

Graveyard Shift Sisters, Ashlee Blackwell’s amazing site that “purges the black female horror fan from the margins”

Watch Horror Noire: Delving into a century of genre films that by turns utilized, caricatured, exploited, sidelined, and finally embraced them, Horror Noire traces the untold history of Black Americans in Hollywood through their connection to the horror genre. Adapting Robin Means Coleman’s seminal book, HORROR NOIRE will present the living and the dead, using new and archival interviews from scholars and creators; the voices who survived the genre’s past trends, to those shaping its future.

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