Director: Perry Blackshear | USA | 2015 | 80 mins
Troubled individual Wyatt turns up on the doorstep of his old friend Christian, in an attempt to reconnect their friendship. After spending some much-needed time together, it emerges that Wyatt has a deep-seated suspicion that those around him are actually malevolent shape-shifters. They look like people… but they’re not. Wyatt begins to question whether he needs to protect his only friend from an impending war, or from himself.
Fear, paranoia and friendship are at the heart of this magnificent debut feature from director Perry Blackshear. Like fellow micro-budget indies The Battery (Celluloid Screams 2013) and Resolution (Celluloid Screams 2012) before it, They Look Like People harnesses that rare balance of subtle and nuanced performance, an intricately-crafted script and moments of genuine terror that larger budget efforts would kill for. All of these elements combine into a film that manages to be an effective genre tale and also an emotionally-charged and thoughtful exploration of love, loyalty and living nightmares.
Screening with SLUT