31 Days of Hallowe’en 2017, Day 11: The Similars (Los Parecidos) [2015]

the similars los parecidos mexican horror

source: imdb

“Bunch of strangers in a confined space: yeah, we’ve seen this before. Right, OK, some of them appear to be ill or have talked about being in a rush to get somewhere. Yep, I know where this is headed…”

Lol no. It’s highly unlikely you have ever, or will ever, having a viewing experience quite as compellingly, preposterously bewildering as The Similars.

Hailing from Mexico (which should have been the tip-off against mediocrity), writer-director Isaac Ezban‘s spooky sci-fi has some major hints of both old-timey Hammer Horror schlock and sinister Twilight Zone-era weirdness. Set in 1968, the film has a lovely semi-faded wash, making even a scene in which a woman flays her own face off seem like a gallery painting.

I’d rather not spoil the mid-plot development, but suffice it to say I still can’t stop thinking about how this old-fashioned vintage yarn is by turns bizarre, funny, chilling and gruesome. And it’s on Netflix, so see it now!

Score: 🎃🎃🎃🎃

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