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This new Netflix horror movie is so scary it’s making people sick

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Allison Williams stars in The Perfection, a terrifying new Netflix movie that’s being billed as Get Out meets Black Swan. Are you brave enough to watch it? 

When it comes to horror movies, our tolerance levels usually operate on a sliding scale and very much depending on personal preference.

Most people can handle a few light jump scares and mysterious slamming doors. But bloody, gory violence? Not for everyone. Supernatural thrills? Can prove too much for certain viewers. And right up the top of many people’s most un-watchable horror tropes is anything too viscerally sickening. We’re talking creepy crawlies, dismembered body parts and violently discharged bodily fluids, if you catch my drift.

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If that’s not your cup of tea – and I don’t blame you, because it’s certainly not mine – then you’re not going to be a fan of The Perfection

Netflix’s latest original horror movie is a gross, unsettling, squirm-in-your-seat flick starring Get Out’s Allison Williams and Dear White People’s Logan Browning as two competing cellists locked in a battle for supremacy at a prestigious music school. Billed as Get Out meets Black Swan, it debuted on Netflix on Friday and has been dubbed so terrifying that it’s making fans physically sick. 

What is it about The Perfection that is causing so much hysteria?

Well, there are a few horrifying scenes in the film that have proven a bit too much for some fans. One involves Charlotte (Williams) and Lizzie (Browning) deciding to take a spontaneous camping trip in the Chinese countryside after meeting up on a cello competition in Shanghai.

The pair head off into the wilderness together, as horror movie protagonists are wont to do, and are immediately hit with a violent illness. We’re talking – brace yourselves – maggot-infested vomit, explosive diarrhea and, uh, a second round of maggoty vomit. (I’m sorry. I’m merely reporting the facts as they happen.) 

Of course, all this violent illness isn’t the result of a harmless stomach bug. The Perfection is a horror movie in the truest sense of the genre, and is full of twists and turns that take the viewer to a place of utter terror. Fans who managed to get through the gory sickness scenes added that the ending was a thrilling shock courtesy of a surprise meat cleaver, and that the finale that stayed with them long after watching.

Which was always the intention, according to Williams. Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter, the actor said that she spent her first read-through of the script trying to predict each twist and turn without much success.

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“I just love what that says about perspective and point of view,” Williams said. “That the same events can be seen through two different lenses and tell a completely different story about what’s going on when you’re dealing with people that aren’t always being totally straight with either the person they’re with or the audience.” 

Allison Williams and Logan Browning in The Perfection
The Perfection is a horror movie so scary it’s making people sick

Competing perspectives, a shocking twist ending and maggot-infested bodily fluids? Sounds like a truly terrifying recipe for a horror movie. Are you brave enough to watch The Perfection?

The Perfection streams on Netflix now. 

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