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THE PASSENGER: Finding the Balance Between Comedy & Horror [Interview]

By Marina Antunes [06.02.22]


Directors Raúl Cerezo and Fernando González Gómez are staples in the genre markets of Spain, familiar faces at festivals and screenings. The pair had been making short films on their own before coming together for The Passenger, their first feature as a directing team.


Cerezo had been trying to make for some time but the film's mix of horror and comedy was making it a difficult sale but the pair, both enamoured with the script, decided to jump head first into production with little time, a tiny budget, and the unknown of whether they would even work well together.


The movie centers on a couple, Blasco and Lidia, played by Ramiro Blas and Cristina Alcazar, who pick up a mother and her daughter, Cecilia Suarez and Paula Gallego respectively, in a car share. The group is making their way along a forest road when they spot an injured woman who they pick-up with intention of getting her help. Their plans are thwarted when it turns out the body they've picked up has come into contact with a creature that is determined to kill them all.


A fun mix of comedy and horror, with a healthy mix of gross-out practical effects, The Passenger makes great use of it's limited location and Cerezo and Gómez deliver an entertaining romp.

We recently had the chance to speak with Gómez about the project including the truncated production schedule, balancing the film's tricky tone, and the mix of practical and visual effects.


The Passenger opens theatrically on June 3 and will be available on VOD, and DVD on June 28.





The Passenger opens theatrically on June 3 and will be available on VOD, and DVD on June 28.


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