We’ve gathered together four films to watch if Swarm is up your street.

There’s nothing that gets us going like female obsession. It’s a tale as old as time, yet we never fail to eat it up at every single instance. The latest addition to the feminine psycho-drama canon is Swarm. It’s the name on everyone’s lips, and for very good reason. Marking superstar Billie Eilish’s acting debut, co-created by Donald Glover, and an unravelling of the female psyche on screen – what’s not to love? The series’ premise centres around a young girl ‘Dre’ played by Dominique Fishback. Her obsession with Beyoncé drives her to dark turns, offering up an exploration of psychological mayhem. We’ve rounded up some films that graced the big screen, if Swarm tickled your fancy on the small screen as much as it did ours.

Head below to see our picks…

Assassination Nation (2018) dir. Sam Levinson

If you enjoyed the darker, more intense aspects of Swarm then Assassination Nation is 100% up your street. Directed by Sam Levinson, the mastermind behind HBO’s explosively successful Euphoria, you could think of Assassination Nation as its predecessor. Actually, it’s kind of like if Euphoria and The Purge had a baby. If that sounds wild, that’s because it is. After a large-scale data breach in a suburban American town called ‘Salem’ (a nod to the witch trials), the town descends into complete chaos. People’s intimate secrets are revealed – search histories, camera rolls, text messages – could you imagine the hysteria? Looking for someone to blame, a vigilante war breaks out and four best friends (played by Suki Waterhouse, Hari Nef, Abra, and Odessa Young) are the prime targets. It’s an ode to girl power, a critique of toxic masculinity, and an overall wild ride.

Thoroughbreds (2017) dir. Corey Finley

There’s no doubt about it, Anya Taylor-Joy is the scream queen of our generation. Eating up horror film after horror film, her role as ‘Lily’ in Thoroughbreds perfectly exemplifies the actress’ unnerving talent. Throughout, two childhood friends find themselves worlds apart in suburban Connecticut. Lily, the picture-perfect example of an upper-class teenager, boasts an impressive boarding school background. Meanwhile, Amanda’s not-so-empathetic sharp wit and anti-social attitude have left her on the fringes of society. Despite their differences, these two young women come together and form a bond to seek some *very unhinged* revenge on Lily’s awful stepfather. Setting in motion a thrilling plan to solve both of their problems, themes of adolescence, class, and morality are called into question.

Ingrid Goes West (2017) dir. Matt Spicer

If unhinged behaviour is on the agenda, then the 2017 film Ingrid Goes West is a must-watch. Starring the one and only Aubrey Plaza, our disconcerting deity, she puts her acting chops to good use alongside Elizabeth Olsen. After experiencing a series of setbacks, ‘Ingrid’ finds solace in the virtual world of social media and becomes obsessed with the seemingly perfect life of Los Angeles socialite, ‘Taylor Sloane’. She decides to move out West to befriend Taylor, but their relationship quickly descends into a web of manipulation, deception, and obsession. This flick will leave you questioning the blurred lines between reality and social media, and the dark consequences of our desperate need for validation and connection. Inject it!

Do Revenge dir. (2022) dir. Jennifer Kaytin Robinson

Netflix’s Do Revenge feels like an ode to classic teen flicks like Clueless and Mean Girls but reimagined for the digital generation. Set in motion by a sex scandal, queen bee Drea (played by Camila Mendes) suffers a fall from grace after her sex tape gets leaked by her toxic boyfriend Max (played by Euphoria’s Austin Abrams). Reckoning with her newfound status as a social pariah, all is lost until she befriends new-girl Eleanor (played by Maya Hawke). Led by her own motivations, Eleanor convinces Drea to hatch a master plan so they can do damage to all the people that hurt them. Do Revenge is a super fun watch – it’s queer, witty, and strangely cathartic. It’s always a joy to see a chaotic female friendship on screen, and not to mention — it’s got eyebrow-raising plot twists that’ll have you scrolling Twitter for think-pieces.


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