Spoiler-Free Review of “Perpetrator” on Shudder: What did I just watch?

**This is a spoiler-free review so feel free to read on!**

“I don’t know what to do with her…”

Perpetrator released on Shudder on September 1st 2023. The supernatural horror film stars Alicia Silverstone, Chris Lowell, Kiah McKirnan, and Melanie Liburd. It runs for approximately an hour and forty minutes.

Jonny is sent to live with her aunt right before her 18th birthday, triggering a bewitching transformation that allows her to help find a group of missing girls in her town.

Here is the trailer:

Perpetrator had plenty of bewitching ingredients, but its slow pace and trippy weirdness made this one difficult to enjoy. Is it worthy of YOUR next watch? Let’s find out…

The Pros:

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An eerie premise.

I was actually pretty excited to watch this one. I loved the concept and I’m all for a feminist witchy movie featuring a decent enough mystery at its core. This movie should have been a slam dunk based off of the premise, but it never quite executed things in an effective way.

The Cons:

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Underwhelming performances…

I expect a lot more from Alicia Silverstone. She’s the main reason why I tuned in for this one and while I felt comforted by her mere presence, her performance seemed really odd. It almost felt like she was over-acting in certain scenes.

Chris Lowell didn’t get too much to do and our main lead was pretty bland. I honestly didn’t care about what happened to her, which didn’t help matters.

Super dull with no real direction.

This one was painfully slow and really confusing. It didn’t follow a logical sequence of events. Rather, it felt more like it mashed together a series of ideas and prayed that the audience wouldn’t notice? I felt like I was watching this one forever even though the runtime was standard. So disappointing…

So am I in or out?

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Unfortunately I’m out on this one…

Boring, pointless, and really disappointing.

Shudder has been missing the mark lately. The last few original movies I have watched have been painfully awful.

I hope you enjoyed the review and feel free to post your own thoughts and theories on Perpetrator in the comments section below. Thanks so much for reading and happy viewing!


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