Dir. Raúl Cerezo, Fernando González Gómez | Spain | 2021 | 95 mins
Blasco is an old-fashioned guy, with old fashioned values to match. A former musician, matador and pest controller, Blasco now spends his time reflecting on former “glories” whilst driving rideshare passengers cross country. His casual misogyny and coarse behaviour do not impress his all-female group of passengers, but as they make their way through the winding mountain roads en route to their destination, a greater problem crosses their path. When Blasco accidentally hits a hitchhiker with his van, the group decides to pick up the injured woman and take to the nearest hospital, but they soon realise that the new passenger is not what she seems and that this trip might be their last.
‘The Passenger’ is a joyous sci-fi horror thrill ride that shows that even when we’re faced with people whose views and actions we don’t agree with, we can always unite when threatened with a parasitic alien invasion. Directors Raúl Cerezo and Fernando González Gómez’s debut feature is chock-full of phenomenal practical effects, including some of the most gloriously goopy creature fx we’ve seen for ages and alongside ‘The Elderly’ highlights its makers as some of the most exciting genre filmmakers working today.
We are delighted to welcome directors Raúl Cerezo and Fernando González Gómez to Celluloid Screams to introduce ‘The Passenger’ and participate in a Q&A after the film.