Who’s in the mood for a copycat Invasion of the Body Snatchers, but with gore? If you said yes, then I got the perfect movie for you. Well, maybe perfect isn’t the right word to use, as Almost Human is far from perfect, but it isn’t half bad either. Read on to see if this strange movie is worth watching…
Release: Sept 19th, 2013
Run time: 80 mins
Starring: Graham Skipper, Josh Ethier
Director: Joe Begos
Short nitty-gritty plot description from IMDb is as follows: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.
Tatlock’s Quick ‘n Dirty Review: First things first, let’s get the big negative out of the way. The movie’s main problem and one that is hard to get over, is the acting. There are a few performances that reek of low budget, mainly from a few of the extras and small bit roles. Most of the leading cast is quite good, but unfortunately the main hottie, Vanessa Leigh, struggles for the most part and has a rough go at, but she does start to warm as the movie progresses. Given that I’m usually easy going, Vanessa Leigh is hot and the plot moves along at a good clip, with enough gore, I’m willing to forgive her acting.
It’s fairly obvious that the creators of this movie are big Body Snatcher fans, as they pretty much copy the sci-fi bits from said movie. Almost Human can’t be considered highly original, but throw in the added gore and you pretty much got an inspired, graphic take on a classic. As for the ending, the lack of explanation as to what exactly happened to poor Mark, is completely up in the air. It’s clear the filmmakers want to do a sequel, but given the reception, I don’t think it will happen.
Verdict:Almost Human is almost really good, but a few poor performances, a lack of true originality (I forgot to mention The Thing rip-off with the screaming, but you’ll have to watch the movie to see what I mean) and a proper explanation really hurt the overall experience. Still, the gore is a welcome treat and there are a few nice scenes that make the movie worth checking out at least once.