Having seen and loved everything from Invasion of the Body Snatchers to The Thing to The Hidden, I thought I had a pretty good idea of what I was in for when I started watching Perry Blackshear’s They Look Like People.
I was wrong.
They Look Like People is psychological horror at its best. The movie establishes a level of tension in the opening scene that becomes the baseline for the entire film. Of course things get way more tense from there, but after that opening scene, the tension level never returns to normal. This movie is flat-out uncomfortable to watch.
For me, the story in They Look Like People is one of friendship and of mental illness. When we first meet Christian in this movie, he seems to be doing pretty well for himself. When we first meet Wyatt, he is not, and has gone to one of the only people he feels he can still trust–his childhood friend Christian.
But as the story progresses, what we know about both these characters starts to change. I really don’t want to get into the details too much more, because you need to just experience it.
I would be remiss if I did not mention the fantastic performances of MacLeod Andrews (Wyatt), Evan Dumouchel (Christian) and Margaret Ying Drake (Mara). All three of them are great and make you care about them, which just makes some of film’s best moments almost unbearably tense.
I really cannot recommend this movie highly enough. See it.