Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Almost Human (2013)

After a few days focused on homework, as this creative writing research class is pushing my limits, I decided that it was time to jump back into the blog. While I have watched some interesting flicks recently, one jumped out to me at Family Video and made me grab it. That film is the independent alien / slasher flick Almost Human from 2013.

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.

This was an interesting flick, and while I could sit here and mention all that was wrong with it, but I will not, because it was actually extremely entertaining in a weird way. This film has some pacing issues that really work. While it is for the most part a slow burn, once it starts it rolls along. Honestly, from the opening, and throughout the film, everything takes place in a straightforward linear fashion. Sure, the acting is uneven; there are some plot holes, and there is almost zero character development, but that is secondary to the story of this film. What is impressive is the gore, and the creative kills (and effects used on those kills) throughout the film. Sprinkle in an awesome ending and some homage to classic horror films of the 1980s (Evil Dead tree penetration comes to mind) and this one works. In the end, there is nothing truly original in this, but it is an interesting and entertaining 80-plus minutes for gore fans. Sure, it is not for everyone, but if you enjoy straightforward mindless horror, give it a shot!

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