Blackshear's debut film They Look Like People releases this month and is available for pre-order from Yellow Veil Pictures.
A critical and festival darling upon its initial release in 2015, Perry Blackshear’s feature debut They Look Like People, which he wrote and directed, world premiered at the 21st Slamdance Film Festival and was instantly hailed for its masterful handling of a sparse production and highly effective emotional and terror beats. A standout to this day among genre films that tackle the challenging theme of mental illness. The film stars MacLeod Andrews, Evan Dumouchel, and Margaret Ying Drake, all three of whom teamed up again with Blackshear for his subsequent 2019 feature The Siren and most recent 2021 feature When I Consume You. For our thoughts on his latest film, read our Brooklyn Horror Film Festival review. Blackshear also shot, edited, and produced, while Andrews, Dumouchel, and Kimberly Parker co-produced the multi-award-winning indie psychological horror.
“One of the greatest miracles of DIY filmmaking I’ve ever seen… This creepy, subtle, tragic, and ultimately uplifting tale of insanity and friendship is one of my all-time favorites and an inspiration to anyone who wants to make a movie” - Mike Flanagan
Suspecting that people are transforming into malevolent shape-shifters, Wyatt flees to New York City to seek out his estranged childhood friend Christian. As the mysterious horrors close in on Wyatt, he questions whether to protect his only friend from an impending war, or from himself. It's a genre-bending story of love, loyalty and living nightmares.
Perry Blackshear is a filmmaker from North Carolina. He earned his MFA in Directing from NYU Graduate Film School. His first feature, They Look Like People, became an international film festival darling and won dozens of awards including jury awards at Slamdance, IFF Boston, and Nashville, and Most Innovative Film at Fantasia. It went on to play theatrically before selling to Sundance International and playing on Netflix. His second feature film The Siren was acquired by Dark Sky. Blackshear recently sold an original TV show to Netflix.
Winner — Most Innovative Film Award, Fantasia International Film Festival
Winner — Grand Jury Prize Best Narrative Feature, Independent Film Festival of Boston
Winner — Audience Award Best Narrative Feature, Mammoth Lakes Film Festival
Winner — Graveyard Shift Competition Best Actor, Grand Jury Prize, Southwest Airlines Audience Award, Nashville Film Festival
Jury Honorable Mention — Narrative Feature, Slamdance Film Festival
Collector’s Edition Blu-ray Special Features Include:
Commentary with Director
Commentary with Crew
Commentary with Cast
Interviews with the Filmmakers
Behind the Scenes Collection
Deleted and Extra Scenes
Essay by critic Anton Bitel
Reversible Cover Artwork
English, Spanish and French Subtitles
They Look Like People is currently streaming on Shudder, AMC Networks’ premium streaming service for horror, thrillers and the supernatural, AMC+ and Tubi. The Collector's Edition Blu-ray released by Yellow Veil Pictures and OCN Distribution is now available for pre-order on Vinegar Syndrome.