ALMOST HUMAN, the new horror/slasher/sci-fi debut of filmmaker Joe Begos, who has here concocted yet another variation on Invasion of the Body Snatchers that, of course, cannot begin to top the calm creepiness of Don Siegel's brilliant original. As both writer and director, Mr. Begos -- shown two photos below and looking barely out of middle school -- seems more interested in using what little special effects budget he had toward bright blue lights, loud
Josh Ethier, who looks as if he might do comedy rather well), swept up into the sky in the middle of all that cacophony and icy blue shine.
Graham Skipper (above) and our heroine Jen, (Vanessa Leigh, below), try to outrun, outgun and outwit our new resident alien.
IFC Midnight, was supposed to have opened theatrically this Friday, February 21, in New York City and Los Angeles at the very special little Arena Cinema. Update: The film will indeed open at the Arena, as planned at the same time as it receives a VOD release -- but I've just been informed that Almost Human will not open in New York City until Wednesday, February 26, here at the IFC Center. So if this one sounds appealing to my New York readers, stick it on your list for next week.