It's the end of the summer, and as the season of blockbuster movies starts to fade out, films in the theaters start to have a little less CG flash and a little more dramatic impact and thrill. Enter The Perfect Guy. The movie, out Sept. 11, fills the domestic thriller void that audiences have been missing all summer. Sanaa Lathaan, Michael Ealy and Morris Chestnut star in this tense film about a love triangle gone terribly wrong and violent. It's so deranged and fascinating that it will make you ask, is The Perfect Guy based on a true story? Even though it isn't, it plays with your fears enough to make you believe that it really could be true.
Hollywood has churned out some great domestic thrillers over the years, and while some have been melodramatic, others have been creepy and real. The Perfect Guy tackles the dynamics of a volatile relationship from a noirish angle. Director David M. Rosenthal takes the timely element of stalking and makes it resonate with viewers. Our FOMO-obsessed tech-loving society thrives on social media, which can, as the movie shows, make it easier for dangerous people to stalk each other and steal identities. Rosenthal folded that fear into the movie, and The Perfect Guy shows the terrifying, creepy results that can come from online-based stalking.
Here are some other domestic thrillers that will make you think twice about getting into a relationship.
Sleeping With The Enemy (1991)
Before she was America's sweetheart, Julia Roberts was running away from an abusive husband.
The Crush (1993)
Sometimes an innocent crush can kill you. Literally.
Hand That Rocks The Cradle (1992)
Instead of being crazy enough to steal someone's husband, why not just try to capture and terrify their entire family?
This is what happens when you try to steal Beyonce's man.
Single White Female (1992)
Having a crazy, obsessed roommate is just as bad, if not worse, than having an insane significant other. In other words, be careful when answering those roommate ads.
An under-the-radar Goldie Hawn thriller that definitely deserves your attention.
You may have fallen in love with Mark Wahlberg when he was part of a funky bunch, but this movie will make you second guess your infatuation.
Fatal Attraction (1987)
If you want your significant other to stay faithful, show them this. It will scare the hell out of them.
Suddenly, being single doesn't seem all that bad, now, does it?
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