Sunday, 5 February 2017

Review: They Look Like People (2015)

Stars: MacLeod Andrews, Evan Dumouchel


Directed By: Perry Blackshear

This film is more s psychological thriller than horror film, this does not however leave it lacking in tense scenes.
Wondering if these demons are real or some figment of  a mad mans imagination.

MacLeod plays a man who truly believes he is seeing demons, aliens, whatever their meant to be. The film does state demons at one point but i think it's a little open to interpretation.

So Wyatt (Macleod) goes to stay with his friend after waking in the middle of the night to what he thinks is his fiance turning into some creature.
He gets phone calls and texts from mysterious voices telling him that he has to prepare for a war that is coming.

We also see him freaking out whenever he thinks someone is changing or has become one of these beings. This is usually accompanied by some insect like buzzing noises.
When describing this he says people eyes turn their grin widens and heads split, this would be very frightening to someone even if it is just a hallucination. There's the crux though is it real or not?

His friend who he literally turns up on his doorstep Christian (Evan) invites him to stay for a while, he can see something is troubling his friend. They have been friends for a long time which is established throughout the films length and dialogue.
He gets keys cut for him, offers to get him a job asks him questions about his fiance and whats been going on in his life. Christian isn't without his problems too, constantly listening to self help tapes and trying his hardest in work and his love life.

Christian does get in with a girl from work, Mara. Both Christian and Wyatt meet her and a friend but her friend has fallen and concussed herself. They seem to has a good time getting to know each other while her friend is in the hospital.
All the way through despite good things happening we see Wyatt slowly descend into madness as he prepares himself for this coming 'war'. Such as buying assorted tools to use as weapons and sulfuric acid as he is told on the phone this really hurts the monsters.
As the film progressed he starts to think people closer to him are being taken over, even Mara who thinks is one of the people warning him on the phone. Except when he goes to see her later to apologize for being mad in front of her, we see her actually begin to change.

We don't see it fully but it is hinted to be horrific, so that's near the end of the film. I won't spoil any further like usual but i will say this is good plot and the actors make it all the more believable with spectacular performances. Especially Wyatt, we really don't know if he's seeing what he saw or its all really in his head. Not a totally great film but worth a watch on a boring afternoon.
THN awards this films 3 out of 5 stars.

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