This piece was written during the 2023 WGA and SAG-AFTRA strikes. Without the labor of the writers and actors currently on strike, PERPETRATOR being covered here wouldn’t exist.
Written and directed by Reeder, PERPETRATOR follows Jonny (McKirnan), a reckless teen sent to live with her estranged Aunt Hildie (Silverstone). On her 18th birthday, she experiences a radical metamorphosis: a family spell that redefines her called Forevering. When several teen girls go missing at her new school, a mythically feral Jonny goes after the Perpetrator.
The Shudder Original Film stars Kiah McKirnan (“Mare of Easttown”), Christopher Lowell (My Best Friend’s Exorcism, Promising Young Woman), Melanie Liburd (“The Idol”), Ireon Roach (Candyman ), and Alicia Silverstone (Clueless, Killing of a Sacred Deer) and is produced by Gregory Chambet for WTFilms and Derek Bishé for Divide/Conquer.
The full cast includes Casimere Jollette (“Tiny Pretty Things”), Ilirida Memedovski (The Book of Birdie), Sasha Kuznetsov, and Greta Stolte. PERPETRATOR is lensed by Sevdije Kastrati and edited by Justin Krohn. Previous Knives and Skin collaborators, costume designer Kate Grube and production designer Adri Siriwatt, return for Reeder’s latest.
Trevor Groth and Sarah Hong executive produced for 30West (Triangle of Sadness), along with Adam Hendricks and Greg Gilreath for Divide/Conquer, Dimitri Stephanides for WTFilms as well as Emily Gotto for Shudder.
PERPETRATOR opens in select theaters and streams on Shudder on September 1, 2023.