The Similars Review
The Similars takes place at a bus station in 1968 Mexico. Eight people are stuck in the station as unusual and foreboding events begin to take place. People in the bus station begin having seizures and then behaving strangely. As the situation spreads and escalates, the people must determine the cause of the odd scenario in order to make it through the stormy night alive.
The Similars is filmed in an olden-style manner, very much in the tone and atmosphere of the 1960's Twilight Zone. In fact, much of the film feels like an elongated episode of the Twilight Zone, even a satirical representation at times. It created moments that felt unsettling and humorous at the same time, which made it difficult to conjure a pure emotion.
The acting was decent throughout, as they played the parts of early 60's television effectively. Yet, their personalities, like the directing, left me confused with how I should feel about them. Often times I wanted to laugh, but I wasn't sure if it was the right response. I was literally split right down the middle.
The film is truly unique in its approach. If nothing else, I appreciate the original tale spun in a distinctive way. I can still recall the twists as they were revealed, some awkwardly, others intensely. It made for a film that can easily be considered one of a kind, but not necessarily a kind that would become a favorite sub genre I'd like to revisit again and again. But as a standalone film, I can certainly respect the craft of this horror [satire?].
Horror Qualifier: 7/10
Horror Quality: 4/10
Film Quality: 6/10