ALMOST HUMAN (2013) Reviews and overview

 

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‘An unspeakable terror has come home’

Almost Human is a 2013 American science fiction horror film written and directed by Joe Begos (VFW; Bliss; The Mind’s Eye). The Channel 83 productions movie stars Graham Skipper, Josh Ethier, Vanesa Leigh, Susan T. Travers, Anthony Amaral III, Michael A. LoCicero, Jeremy Furtado, Jami Tennille, Chuck Doherty.

Plot:

Mark Fisher disappeared from his home in a brilliant flash of blue light almost two years ago. His friend Seth Hampton was the last to see him alive. Now a string of grisly, violent murders leads Seth to believe that Mark is back, and something evil is inside of him…

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Release:

The film had a limited North American theatrical showing and is available on VOD, Blu-ray and DVD via IFC Midnight. In the UK, the film was released on DVD by Metrodome.

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Reviews:

“At the very least, the movie looks good, and the tight eighty-minute running time is spot-on, and never feels like too much of a chore. At the same time though, the writing and performances come up terribly short and keep the film from being anything more than a quickie gore flick.” Arrow in the Head

“Competent acting and nice, gruesome effects (especially near the end!) help elevate Almost Human above its very low budget. While the decision to go for a more straightfoward slasher (albeit with an alien antagonist) might disappoint anyone looking for something deeper, fans of low budget horror films will find it a short, nasty treat.” Badass Digest

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“Though the movie is definitely low budget it manages to feel bigger than it really is. Begos is quite apt at this. He is also really good at adding a lot of intensity and suspense … There is also a nice sly sense of humor, even though the film itself is mostly serious.” Best Horror Movies

Almost Human has a nice emotional thread at play that concerns loss and grief. It’s minor, but let’s be thankful a flick like this even has some emotional beats to hit. When it’s not focusing on this angle, the film is full-throttle crazy town with Mark slaughtering those he meets in brutal ways. Blood flows, folks. Oh yes, blood flows. And it’s gleefully executed in various practical ways.” Shock Till You Drop

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Almost Human is slightly more competent and a bit more polished than your typical homegrown horror movie. It also has a decent enough low-tech opening sequence, which probably would’ve worked fine as its own self-contained short. At a feature-length though, the film doesn’t quite work. Even at a relatively brisk 79 minutes, it still feels heavily padded.” The Video Vacuum

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