But as far as the genesis of the idea, that came from this place where I always wanted to make a movie about loneliness. -Dir. Rob Mockler, via Daily Dead
Like Me follows 20 something Kiya (Addison Timlin), who after posting a video of herself robbing a convenience store amasses a huge social media following. A reckless loner, she seeks some form of genuine human connection. Through her travels, she encounters a drifter, an Internet troll and a paint huffing outsider who are all pulled into her circle of chaos, junk food, and drugs. In a world of fabricated personalities, Kiya is intent on exposing something gutturally truthful about humanity, but ultimately, she must confront herself.
Like Me is directed by newcomer Rob Mockler and produced by genre legend Larry Fessenden (The House of the Devil, Habit, The Last Winter). Being compared to films like Videodrome and V/H/S for its trippy visuals, Like Me seems to be banking on the rise of 80’s homage with its stunning, neon color palette. This “psychedelic” thriller feels like NEON’s Ingrid Goes West met BOLD’s Nightcrawler and popped out a sinister millennial thriller. The flowing and electric camera work pairs so wonderfully with Swiss composer Giona Ostinelli’s intense score.
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As seen in films like Friend Request or Unfriended, the idea of most literally demonizing social media does not work but utilizing social media as a tool for exposing gross human behavior sets up all kinds of fun. In coming years, there will most definitely be a rise in Millennial-narrative themed horror stories and I hope Like Me can be a forerunner for what’s to come.
After being screened at SXSW, Like Me will be coming to select theaters January 26th and VOD in March of 2018.
Like Me stars Addison Timlin, Ian Nelson, Larry Fessenden, Jeremy Gardner, Stuart Rudin, Nicolette Pierini.