Sunday, 3 August 2014

Almost Human Pre-Release Review


Review By
Patrick Scattergood

Written By
Joe Begos

Directed By
Joe Begos

A Channel 83 Films, Ambrosino / Delmenico Film

Genre
Horror, Science Fiction

Cast

Graham Skipper as Seth Hampton
Josh Ethier as Mark Fisher
Vanessa Leigh as Jen Craven
Susan T. Travers as Becky
Anthony Amaral III as Clyde Dutton
Michael A. LoCicero as Barry

Year Released
2013 / 2014

Certificate
18

Synopsis

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. 

Review

As a bit of a fan of both science fiction and horror films in general, I'm pretty easy going with my viewing pleasures.

Give me a bit of blood and gore or some excitement and I'm pretty happy with a movie.  Sometimes, you can end up with a movie so bad it's good and other times you end up with a movie that really creeps under your skin and stays with you.

This one is none of those things.

I will admit that considering the budget limitations that this production obviously had, the gore effects for most of the movie are actually quite impressive.  A couple did come across as a little bit hokey but that was part of the fault of the story itself and not the effects.

The thing that hurt the movie itself was the cast.  A couple of the characters were well portrayed and well acted but there were a few that gave performances that ranged from looking completely bored and uninterested right up to overplaying it to such a degree that Bruce Campbell would tell them to tone it down a bit.  A lot of those performances were so bad that there were a couple of moments that made me want to laugh, which I'm pretty sure that the directors weren't going for with this horror movie.

Story wise, it's actually a pretty interesting story on paper.  It's not an original idea but the story itself sounded like it could have been really exciting and definitely watchable in more capable hands and that's a bit of a shame in a way because this movie really felt like a missed opportunity.

Short of the impressive, considering the budget, gore effects that this movie has, I can't really say that I recommend it all that highly to the horror or science fiction fans out there.

Movie 4/10


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