The Stream: Corny CGI demon and twist
The Big Screen: Okay storytelling and suspense, I guess…
The Final Bill: Semi-interesting storyline met with the corniest horror you can get– S2S: Movie Review
Director: Felix Fuchssteiner, Katharina Schöde
Writers: Sebastian Niemann (based on an idea by), Eckhard Vollmar (based on an idea by), Katharina Schöde
Stars: Max Schimmelpfennig, Lea van Acken, Tijan Marei
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery
Runtime: 1 hour 40 minutes
Production Companies: Bavaria Fiction
Platform: Netflix released February 9, 2022
Notable Trailers (Halloween Releases): Last Seen Alive, Mr. Harrigan’s Phone, Togo, Old People, The Curse of Bridge Hollow, Blippi’s Spooky Spell Halloween, The School for Good and Evil, Wendell & Wild
Hallo-streamers! Halloween season is in full swing, and we’re catching up on some horror movies that came out this year. One of which we wanted to watch but saved for now is Netflix’s The Privilege. In The Privilege, a wealthy teen with a haunted past, while looking into a series of strange supernatural events at an elite private school, uncovers a dark conspiracy, which may involve his family. I know this sounds so intriguing and spooky. Let’s see how it turns out.
Be warned… the movie is originally in German, so you have to watch with the English Dub version. The story is okay, but the big bad monster just looks sooooo corny. I mean some really bad CGI, man. The movie otherwise looks crisp, clean and vibrant and yet the monster just looks very corny and like some Disney magic. Like, y’all really can do better than this. The movie had a lot of potential, but the execution was just off. For instance, the twist of the movie in theory could’ve been interesting but it was presented as an afterthought. It was never fleshed out and then the movie kind of ends pretty soon afterwards. Why did they even present that information if they weren’t going to do anything with it? It was supposed to be a revelation and it was more like… okay and?. I say all of that to say that the filmmakers should’ve gotten a lot more out of the script and helped the actors out more to make the movie better. Unfortunately, they didn’t, which makes the movie average but not totally bad.
Long story short, The Privilege wasn’t really a privilege to watch. A non-scary horror movie is always disappointing when you’re seeking the frights. There’s a twist on a plot that’s been done before with poor execution of an ending overall. Yet, 75% of the movie is watchable, suspenseful, which makes for a tricky review. The movie is corny and so is the main big bad. For those reasons, I don’t suggest totally skipping the movie, but it shouldn’t be the first movie you stop on. Grab a handful of popcorn, scroll for a bit and if you get bored in the Halloween season stop by The Privilege.