Netflix Recommendation: “The Similars” Is A Bizarre and Hilarious Journey
Pretty much every day at least a few people post on Facebook that they need recommendations on something to watch. They’ve seen all the big Hollywood releases they wanted to, they’ve watched the classics for the hundredth time already, and no one ever really feels like starting a random movie hoping that it’s going to be entertaining. Well, almost no one. I love picking a movie that I have judged based purely on the cover photo or how ridiculous the synopsis is and seeing where it leads me. Fortunately one of those movies turned out to be “The Similars”; A Spanish horror movie that is as insane as it is interesting. As long as you don’t mind subtitles (and if you do, just don’t admit it) this movie is definitely one you should turn on immediately just to see where writer/director Isaac Ezban leads you.
Set in 1968, “The Similars” is the story of eight strangers that get trapped in a bus station waiting for transportation to Mexico City. Unfortunately there is a terrible storm outside and their ride most likely won’t come until the morning; if at all. No big deal, right? Just hunker down, eat some vending machine food, and try to entertain yourself for as long as possible. That is unless people start transforming into the spitting image of yourself. This is exactly what Ulises (Gustavo Sánchez Parra) is about to go through and the journey is going to be terrifying and downright odd. I should mention that the people Ulises is trapped with don’t take on the same body shape, just the shape and look of his head which makes for moments of comic relief (like a dog with his face). While everyone trapped inside the bus station start pointing fingers at each other for being behind this weird phenomena, the news is saying there’s something in the rain. It’s not normal. That everyone should avoid it if possible. That makes going outside out of the question I suppose.
While the characters in the film are horrified by what’s happening to them, I couldn’t help but find it amusing. I knew I was in for a special treat when pictures of The Beatles, Marilyn Monroe, and multiple tasteful nudes also began taking on the look of Ulises. Ezban plays by zero of the rules and that’s what makes this horror film a breath of fresh air. It’s part of the experience to figure out what is really going on and who’s to blame, but nothing wrong with having a few laughs in between. Don’t get me wrong: there’s still some graphic images and violence that goes along with it, so it’s not all fun and games. Also don’t get the impression that this is some kind of B-movie or an Ed Wood-type sci-fi thriller. Cinematographer Isi Sarfati makes sure the look of the film compliments the direction style of Ezban perfectly as “The Similars” is sleek-looking while also feeling very independent.
Shotguns, narcotics, comic books, and horror. What more could you possibly want from a movie? The next time you’re sitting at home and you’re about to ask people on Facebook for recommendations, make sure you start with this movie first. “The Similars” is currently streaming on Netflix.