Horror films are always tricky to pull off, but the smaller budgeted ones have to rely on some clever storytelling and filmmaking to make it work. The latest Almost Human looks to do something new, but does it bring the hopeful fresh vibe to the genre or will it be just another that gets lost on the shelf?
Almost Human follows a man who disappeared from his home in a brilliant flash of blue light almost two years ago and his friend was the last to see him alive. Now a string of grisly, violent murders leads him to believe that he is back and something evil is inside of him. At first the film seems to put along with no sense of urgency and seems like it will never get to the point. Thankfully when it finally does get going it actually ended up working fairly well. They take the idea of the possession and creature feature and sort of mix them together with a splash of slasher to make for a pretty fun little film. Some of the story is a bit all over the place and sports some moments that don’t always feel necessary, but it manages to still come together thanks to the gory fun. Once it gets going things head into some disturbed directions at times complete with an alien attempt at reproduction that uses some practical effects that was a welcomed addition into the creepy nature of it all. The performances were all decent enough with no one really standing out, but all doing well enough to make the film work.
As with any independent film you have to let a lot of things go and watch the film for what it is and what they were able to accomplish with what they have. Thankfully with the exception of some of the pacing and performances the overall film actually works fairly well and makes for a fun entry into the genre.