Friday, June 13, 2014

Almost Human (MPI/IFC Midnight Blu-ray) - Your Gory Alien Homage Movie Has Arrived

The first time I saw Almost Human I felt pretty unimpressed, but I think with good reasons.  A part of me felt that the story line was taking a bit too much from Fire in the Sky; not too much and not the entire movie mind you, but just something. The opening sequence left a very Travis Walton taste in my mouth and that pretty much brought down the entire movie. I didn't think it looked bad, and for an independent production it seemed to use its budget very economically. It pulls off practical effects better than some of the big guys (if they even use practically effects anymore). I had the chance recently to sit down with Almost Human again as released by MPI and IFC Midnight, and I am here to tell you that my opinion has changed. I am now on the spaceship waiting for loud, paralyzing screech of horror fiction with a Sci-Fi twist.

Synopsis from MPI/IFC Midnight:

Two years ago, Mark Fisher (Josh Ethier, Contracted, Scavengers) disappeared from his home in rural Maine in a brilliant flash of otherworldly blue light. His friend Seth Hampton (Graham Skipper, upcoming in Dementia) was the last to see him alive. Now, Seth is having disturbing premonitions that Mark has returned as something other than human. When grisly, violent murders start taking place in the community, Seth and his girlfriend Jen Craven (Vanessa Leigh, The Last Halloween) discover that Mark is indeed back, and that there is something terribly evil inside of him.

Beyond the fact that I want you to go out and pick up this movie because it will make a nice addition to your collection, and you'll want to have it on hand to show you're friends, I want to tell you about how much I loved the kills. They are visceral and realistic, but still with horror sensibilities. The whole thing watches like a human-looking juggernaut of a beast assaulting those who discover that he's not quite right while this alien being performs its mission (not to be spoiled here). Man there are just great kills with attention to blood and gore. 

Combine pure hedonistic pleasure of the slaughter with some strong performances that don't feel overly dramatic, but have likability that makes you care for potential victims. The whole movie become a captivating piece of tension building fiction. While the opening sequence is very strong the move goes on an uphill trajectory, bringing the pain at every turn and even when you think you're due for a rest. Joe Begos does a great job for his introductory film. 

This disc is packed with extras including commentary with writer/director Joe Begos and Josh Ethier, commentary with Begos, Ethier , Graham Skipper and Cory Lockman, a feature length making of, behind the scenes , on the set with Graham Skipper, the short film Toxin, trailer, alternate trailers, vintage TV spot and a photo gallery. It's a huge list built to make new horror fans, new Begos fans and new Almost Human fans.

Almost Human is a sloppy, gore galore melee of strange creature feature murder and mayhem with all the sensibilities of your favorite 1950's alien picture or even 80's effects driven invader flick.

All I have to say is... more.

Order your copy of Almost Human now. Releases June 17th. Just buy it. Great price.

Also I love the 88 Films bumper. The perfect throwback introduction to movie that emulates the movies we loved from yesteryear.

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