Returning to Fantastic Fest with his second feature, following last year’s The Incident, Isaac Ezban’s sci-fi thriller, The Similars (Los Paracidos), will have its world premiere on September 25th, and in leading up to the big event the studio has released the first trailer which shows Ezban’s signature lo-fi sci-fi aesthetic. PopOptiq will becovering Fantastic Fest once again this year and we hope to bring you a review of The Similars which many people are already describing as a mind-bending Twilight Zone-tinged thriller that pays tribute to the great sci-fi films of the 1950s and ’60s. In an interivew with variety, the director had this to say about this sophomore feature:
My biggest influences on that genre, well, there’s obviously The Twilight Zone and The Outer Limits. I even took specific references from some specific episodes, as I did with Lost for The Incident. Hopefully any Twilight Zone fan will be able to spot them in the film, also from writers like Philip K. Dick, Ray Bradbury, Michael Crichton and Stephen King, and I also got some influence in other films like Body Snatchers and The Blob as well as a big influences from Cronenberg´s earliest films and from John Carpenter´s earliest films (specially The Thing).
Synopsis: In the wee hours of October 2, 1968, eight strangers wait for the bus in order to go to the city, enclosed at a bus station in a remote place. Rain has caused the road closure and the bus doesn’t seem to be close. Soon, the strangers become victims of a strange phenomenon, and they all start to physically look like one of them. Threatened by the paranoia and fear to lose their identity, the personalities of the eight strangers begin to clash, and everybody show the best and worst of themselves, while trying to find the responsible for this mysterious condition that is invading each one of them like a virus.