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Almost Human

This lo-fi alien abduction tale is gooey, splattery fun.

Almost Human
Joe Begos (USA, Midnight Madness)


Tuesday, September 10, 11:59 p.m.
Ryerson Theatre (43 Gerrard Street East)

Wednesday, September 11, 7:15 p.m.
Scotiabank 3 (259 Richmond Street West)

Friday, September 13, 2:30 p.m.
Scotiabank 9 (259 Richmond Street West)

The low-budget indie shocker Almost Human is an amusing/disgusting recreation of the over-the-top splatter movies from that sketchy video store your parents didn’t know you went into. While it never becomes more than the sum of its parts, it’s icky, sick fun, tailor-made for midnight viewing.

Seth (Graham Skipper) shoulders the blame when his burly best friend Mark (Josh Ethier, in a delightfully creepy turn) vanishes in a frightening case of apparent alien abduction. Two years later, Mark returns a changed man—and it’s not hard to figure out what he’s changed into, as he goes about slicing and dicing everyone in his path, then using their bodies to spawn alien clones.

Modest and unpretentious, Almost Human is a treat for those who enjoy a good gross-out. The effects are suitably yucky (one intimate moment between Mark and his former girlfriend produces a memorable highlight), and the occasionally awkward writing and acting somehow add to its considerable charm. Watch the skies!

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