Alicia Silverstone Stars in Horror-Comedy 'Perpetrator'


| LAST UPDATE 07/23/2023

By Riley Hammond
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The latest trailer for Perpetrator has been unleashed by Shudder, and it's as wild as a raccoon on a sugar rush. This horror-comedy slasher flick stars Alicia Silverstone (yes, the Clueless one!) as an aunt with a niece who's more feral than a teenager without Wi-Fi.

Our rebellious teen, Jonny (played by Kiah McKirnan), celebrates her 18th birthday with a side of mysticism and a heavy dose of radical transformation. And no, we're not talking about a new tattoo or a nose piercing. IndieWire broke the news, leaving us all in anticipation. The trailer is like a rollercoaster ride through a haunted house, giving comedy a rather spooky vibe that could give Casper the Friendly Ghost goosebumps. The film promises unexpected LOL moments right from the get-go. Picture this: a masked headmaster reprimanding students for ignoring safety rules, saying, "This is the second time" they've died this semester. Talk about a harsh detention!

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The trailer also hints at a paranoia pandemic sweeping across Perpetrator, with characters constantly bracing for danger and a school nurse fretting over Jonny's health. Just when you think things can't get any weirder, David Lynch's spirit seems to hijack the screen with bizarre visuals that have us scratching our heads. The icing on this crazy cake? Silverstone's character reveals Jonny is the heir to a wild lineage. All we know is Jonny needs to step up her game and unmask the psycho offing her high school buddies. The brains behind Perpetrator is Jennifer Reeder, the director and screenwriter who previously wowed us with Knives and Skin. Reeder confessed to IndieWire that she's a total Silverstone stan and has plans to collaborate with her again. Maybe a superhero flick is on the cards?

Perpetrator stirred up a storm at the Berlin Film Festival and Tribeca Film Festival, earning it a whopping 87% thumbs-up on Rotten Tomatoes. Critics have hailed it as "a powerful weapon," "original," "freaky," and "an energetic piece of conceptual feminist pop art." The stellar cast includes Chris Lowell (Promising Young Woman), Melanie Liburd (This is Us), Josh Bywater (Somebody Somewhere), and Avery Holliday (Night Sky). So, brace yourself for a wild ride - Perpetrator is set to be a whirlwind of laughs, scares, and everything in between!

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