We Have A Copy of Almost Human on BluRay to Give Away from Shameless Films.

rsz_1rsz_ah1Thanks to our good friends at Shameless we have 1 x BluRay of Umberto Lenzi’s stunning Almost Human to give away to a lucky UK reader.

Almost Human is available from Shameless Films here – http://www.shameless-films.com/shop/Almost-Human-Blu-ray.html

Maestro of mayhem Umberto Lenzi (CANNIBAL FEROX, OASIS OF FEAR) takes you on a tour of Italy’s mean streets in this hyper-violent, white-knuckle 1970s crime classic. For the first time ever on Blu-ray, Shameless proudly presents Almost Human…restored, uncut and unhinged! Tomas Milian stars as Giulio Sacchi, a sadistic petty crook who aspires to criminal greatness. With his gang of impressionable weirdos in tow, Sacchi kidnaps the pretty young daughter of a wealthy businessman but hardboiled cop Grandi (the one-and-only Henry Silva – ESCAPE FROM THE BRONX) is in hot pursuit. The dogged detective is all that stands between Sacchi’s gang and the ransom money, and he’s the only hope their teenage hostage has got… Almost Human is a notoriously nasty crime thriller, a cult serving for cognoscenti, with a stand-out score from Ennio Morricone, presented for the first time ever in glorious HD and restored from original vault materials. If you like your cops proper badass, and your villains ever badder psychos, this is the one high-octane, edge-of-the-seat experience you cannot miss!

To win the Blu-ray simply email your name to comp@ukhorrorscene.com and put Almost Human in the subject line . The winner will be randomly chosen and contacted for their address. UK readers only!!

The competition will run until 8th 2017.

Almost Human (2013) DVD Review


Directed By: Joe Begos

Written By: Joe Begos

Starring: Graham Skipper, Josh Ethier, Vanessa Leigh, Susan T. Travers

UK Certification: 18

RRP: £12.99

Running Time: 76 minutes

Distributor: Metrodome Group

UK Release Date: 4th August 2014

The Dude Designs lead me to Almost Human when he linked to an article where his poster of the film was hailed as one of the best of 2013 by Bloody Disgusting. It’s such an amazing poster too as it evokes that rose-tinted period of 80s video store awesomeness where almost every film just looked so cool thanks to an array of vibrant painted sleeves. Whereas now when I walk into work I just pass a litany of generic clones that all blend into a universal vibe of ‘meh’.

Needless to say with The Dude’s artwork supporting the films brief theatrical run in the US as well as the DVD and Blu-ray release, it comes as no surprise to find that Metrodome have dumped it for, yup… another generic sleeve. Gripes aside though, it was hard not to be excited about watching Almost Human – box art issues or not, especially as Joe Begos decided to make his feature film debut as an appreciative nod to 80s filmmaking complete with the euphoric sight of practical SFX.AHUMAN 003

The film begins on October 13th, 1987 as we meet a distressed Seth Hampton (Skipper) driving to his friend Mark Fisher’s (Ethier) house. He tells Mark that their friend Rob has been taken and that ‘they’ were chasing after him too. A blue light exploded in front of him he says, making an ear-piercing noise. “Mark, it’s here” – whispers Seth, as any desire to go out and find their friend stalls as this unexplained entity is now shadowing Mark’s house. Mark grabs his shotgun, but as things begin to intensify with the high pitched sound reaching unbearable levels he staggers to his front door in a zombified state, opens it and disappears.

Fast-forward a couple of years and a pair of hunters are making their way through the woods when up ahead they spot the naked body of a man who they presume to be dead. As they approach the torso they notice he’s covered in a white goo, and as they inch forward for a closer inspection this supposed corpse springs to life and lets out a deafening screech. We the viewer immediately recognise the person as Mark – but for the hunters they just want to defend themselves against this crazed being and without hesitation aim a bullet at his head. It makes little difference – Mark exhibits a possessed like state and swiftly dispatches the two huntsmen before continuing his rampage as he makes his way home.

With the roots of Almost Human being cemented in those heady days of VHS 80s goodness, it’s pleasing that the influences that Joe Begos drew upon can’t be pinpointed to a specific film – and herein lies its success. The film is simply a homage to the era, indeed if I was to have stumbled upon a tape of this today I’d be forgiven for thinking its production date was 1987. The cool thing about this is that Begos hasn’t done it by scratching the print and other predictable devices. Instead by attached a pumping synth score to the movie as well as shooting it to give an uncanny 16mm vibe, the aesthetic of the movie is more subtle than sledgehammer.

AHUMAN 002With his beard and beany, Josh Ethier comes across like a demented John Grant in the role of Mark, and he’s truly intimidating. Meanwhile Graham Skipper as Seth delivers his frenzied panic with aplomb, with an easy transition to self-preserving rage as he fights to protect Mark’s former girlfriend Jen (Leigh) from her former beau. The practical effects are just a joy to behold with (as Begos admits) quite complex make-up being undertaken, but it all comes off just beautifully. Admittedly the running time for the movie is a little lean (68 minutes minus credits) but with this the film zips along at a great pace with no room for padding or redundant exposition. Almost Human is an excellent film an serves to demonstrate the level of craft that all young filmmakers should aspire to.

If only we got the cool edition those pesky Americans did…

7.5 out of 10

AHUMAN 004Extras:
Gone is the wealth of supplementary material from the Stateside release – we just have a 13 minute Frightfest Q&A hosted by Paul McEvoy

*We’ve relegated the UK box art for Almost Human to right to the bottom of the review here in a fist pumping protest movement!