Netflix has joined the fray. Already, they are producing and buying quality television series. Now the company is picking up films as exclusives from the festival circuit to show on their channel. One of those is the recently released psychological horror film, They Look Like People. Written and directed by newcomer Perry Blackshear, the film stars mainly a three person cast of MacLeod Andrews, Evan Dumouchel, and Margaret Ying Drake.
Wyatt (played by Andrews) drifts into the big city meeting up with his childhood and longtime friend, Christian (played by Dumouchel). Christian immediately invites Wyatt to stay with him as long as possible, essentially becoming roommates. Unknown to Christian, Wyatt has been contacted by some alien or spiritual force warning him of an upcoming apocalypse. He’s told something may be bodysnatching people where these imposters are just the first step to the ultimate invasion.
In many respects They Look Like People has various traits to such “buddy” horror films as Resolution with a taste of more recent movies like 10 Cloverfield Lane and The Witch, where the audience is always on their toes wondering if Wyatt may be nothing more than an “unreliable narrator”. Dark Discussions, informed by listener Chris Genro of the wonderful buzz around the film, decides to review and critique this independently released feature.