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Reminder! The LA Screenings, Q&A's And VHS Giveaways For 'Almost Human' Start TONIGHT!

That’s right. Tonight we’re hosting the opening of Almost Human at Arena Cinema Hollywood (tickets here). IFC Midnight has it on limited screens and VOD (like iTunes) right now but Arena Cinema is the place to be!

Why? There will be a contest at each screening where audience winners can win a rare limited edition VHS copy of the film! Since Almost Human is a lovingly meticulous throwback to the bygone era of that format – this is definitely a fitting prize.

We’ll be hosting the 9:20PM and 11PM screenings of the film that night. Writer/director Joe Begos will be on hand along with the film’s stars Graham Skipper and Josh Ethier. We’ll be hosting a Q&A with them before the 9:20 showing. If you’re coming to the 11PM show that’s fine too, since we’ll be doing an intro/conversation with them before that showing starts.

Arena Cinema Hollywood is located at 1625 North Las Palmas Avenue Hollywood, CA 90028. I’ll see you there. READ MORE

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Los Angeles! Attend The 'Almost Human' Opening And WIN A Collector's Item VHS Of The Film!!

I’m getting pumped for February 21st. That’s when we host the opening night of Almost Human at Arena Cinema Hollywood (tickets here) IFC Midnight will be releasing the film on VOD and in select theaters that day – but the weekend screenings at Arena are where you want to be.

Why? There will be a contest at each screening where audience winners can win a rare limited edition VHS copy of the film! Since Almost Human is a lovingly meticulous throwback to the bygone era of that format – this is definitely a fitting prize. Come armed with some knowledge, I’m pretty sure you’ll have to answer some tough questions to get your hands on one of these.

We’ll be hosting the 9:20PM and 11PM screenings of the film that night. Writer/director Joe Begos will be on hand along with the film’s stars Graham Skipper and Josh Ethier. We’ll be hosting a Q&A with them before the 9:20 showing. If you’re coming to the 11PM show that’s fine too, since we’ll be doing an intro/conversation with them before that showing starts.

Arena Cinema Hollywood is located at 1625 North Las Palmas Avenue Hollywood, CA 90028. We’ll see you there. READ MORE

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Los Angeles! Check Out The Opening Night Of 'Almost Human' With The Director And Stars Of The Film!

I really dig Joe Begos’ Almost Human. As I’ve said before, it has a remarkably economical script, great pacing and some truly inventive biology when it comes to the creature design. It’s an incredibly assured debut. IFC Midnight will be releasing the film on VOD and in select theaters on February 21st and we’ll be hosting a special screening on that very day!

We’ll be hosting the 9:20PM and 11PM screenings of the film at Arena Cinema Hollywood (tickets here). Writer/director Joe Begos will be on hand along with the film’s stars Graham Skipper and Josh Ethier. We’ll be hosting a Q&A with them before the 9:20 showing. If you’re coming to the 11PM show that’s fine too, since we’ll be doing an intro/conversation with them before that showing starts.

Also – I’m hearing rumors of a VERY SPECIAL treat that will only be available at these showings. Trust me, if you’re a fan of this film you’re really going to kick yourself for missing out on what might be in store.

Arena Cinema Hollywood is located at 1625 North Las Palmas Avenue Hollywood, CA 90028. We’ll see you there. READ MORE

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[Exclusive] Brutal Alien Abduction Horror 'Almost Human' Gets A Release Date!

I’m a big fan of Joe Begos’ Almost Human, it’s a great alien abduction horror film with a remarkably economic narrative. A big problem with first time writer/directors is that they normally want to throw every idea and line of dialogue they’ve ever had into the movie – that’s not the case at all here. It’s a movie that operates solely on stuff that needs to be in the film. That doesn’t mean it’s spare or boring though, in fact it’s pretty epic (especially considering its 50K budget).

Anyway I’m excited for you guys to see this movie – which is why I’m pretty stoked that we can exclusively announce that IFC Midnight will be releasing the film on VOD and in select theaters on February 21st! Franky, that’s a bit sooner than I was expecting, which is a good thing.

Check out the great announcement poster the Almost Human team put together and earmark your iTunes/VOD or theatrical experience for 1 week after Valentine’s Day. READ MORE

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Los Angeles! Last Chance To Attend The 'Almost Human' Premiere Followed By 'Demon Knight'!!

I’ll be co-hosting the Los Angeles premiere of Joe Begos’ Almost Human tomorrow as part of the Beyond Fest. If you haven’t heard the details it all goes down October 25th at 730PM. It’ll be at the Egyptian Theater at 6712 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028. You don’t want to miss this!

After the film I’ll be conducting a Q&A with Begos and the film’s cast (including Josh Ethier and Graham Skipper)! After that Begos has personally chosen Demon Knight to screen so we can party into the night!

Buy tickets HERE! It’s only $11 and you get two movies (maybe three – I’ve heard whispers of a third) along with a Q&A. Don’t be the fool that misses the premiere of a badass movie. READ MORE

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Win Tickets To The Los Angeles Premiere Of 'Almost Human'!!

I’m super stoked to announce that we’ll be co-hosting the Los Angeles premiere of Joe Begos’ Almost Human! The film made a huge splash at TIFF and was picked up in short order by IFC Midnight. It’s doing the rounds in Spain at the moment but all of us LA folks will finally have a chance to see it next week!

The premiere is part of the awesome Beyond Fest and will take place on Friday, October 25th at 730PM (get there early). It’ll be at the Egyptian Theater at 6712 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028.

After the film I’ll be conducting a Q&A with Begos and the film’s cast (including Josh Ethier and Graham Skipper)! And that’s not all – Begos has personally chosen Demon Knight to screen after our Q&A (check out the rad poster below)! We are giving away 5 PAIRS of tickets! All you have to do to win is email me contest closed – winners notified. Tell me your favorite John Carpenter movie and PROMISE to be there by 7PM (if you win and don’t show up I’ll spam you non-stop forever). I’ll reply to all winners and inform them where to pick up their tickets.

And if you don’t win? Buy tickets HERE! It’s only $11 and you get two movies (maybe three – I’ve heard whispers of a third) along with a Q&A. Don’t be the fool that misses the premiere of a badass movie. READ MORE

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[Fantastic Fest '13 Review] 'Almost Human' A Gory Throwback That Really Hits Its Marks!

You know who’s awesome? John Carpenter. You know what’s awesome? Aliens. You know where’s awesome? New England. You know who knows all of these things? Writer/director Joe Begos and producer/actor/sound designer Josh Ethier. Well, obviously other people know how awesome all of those things are and knew how much a combination of all of these things would appeal to genre fans. It might be the Massachusetts in me, but seeing a big bearded guy roam around the woods and murdering people really made me feel homesick.

Seth (Graham Skipper) rushes over to his friend Mark’s (Ethier) house to tell him about seeing a friend of theirs vanish in front of him, only to have Mark disappear in a giant blue light as well. Two years later, Seth and Mark’s girlfriend Jen (Vanessa Leigh) are trying to move on with their lives with varying success. Jen has gotten engaged, but Seth still has nightmares and unexplainable nosebleeds. A group of hunters stumble across Mark’s body in the woods, naked, and full of life. Well, full of life might be an overstatement, but he’s not dead. When he comes to, he’s super pissed and starts blazing a trail of murder and bearded fury on his way back home. It’s unclear exactly what’s happened to Mark and where he’s been, other than aliens of course, but even the people closest to him are at risk. There’s blood, screams, aliens, parasitic incubations, and some hot alien tongue to bathing suit area action in this sci-fi/slasher mash up. READ MORE

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[TIFF '13] IFC Acquires Creature Feature 'Almost Human'

IFC has bought North American rights to Joe Begos’ Almost Human following its world premiere in the Midnight Madness section of the Toronto film Festival, Variety reports.

The film, written and directed by Begos, stars Graham Skipper, Vanessa Leigh and Josh Ethier and was produced by Begos and Ethier of Channel 83 Films and Anthony Ambrosino of Ambrosino/Delmenico Films.

The film, which will also play at this year’s Fantastic Fest and Sitges Film Festival, is set in a quiet rural town in Maine beset by axe murders and alien abduction.

Read our review here.

The production was a collaboration by Begos and his longtime best friend Ethier. Begos was the director, writer, producer and cinematographer; Ethier was a producer, editor, sound designer and a lead actor. READ MORE

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[TIFF '13 Review] 'Almost Human' Is An Affectionate Tribute To 80's Sci-Fi/Horror

Mike Pereira continues his ten year anniversary of covering the Toronto International Film Festival with a review of Joe Begos’ highly ambitious, Almost Human, which harks backs to classic effects-heavy creature features like John Carpenter’s The Thing. Apparently, this is one of the film’s issues.

Mike explains in his review that Begos and company could have tried to be a little different in their homage to the 1980′s. “As entertaining as I found Almost Human to be, it seems merely content to replicate the source without ever attempting to take it somewhere fresh. There isn’t a moment here that wasn’t inspired from something else,” he explains stating that it sort of felt more like a short than a feature. “Despite these setbacks, I find just enough here to recommend. If you dig the trailer and cheesy 80’s sci-fi horror is your thing, this flick’s for you. It preyed on my nostalgia of a time I will forever cherish. Armed with The Dude Designs’ awesome cover art (below), Almost Human would make a fine VHS rental.

While it sounds like the film doesn’t quite hit its mark, Mike does make it sound like it would be a super fun weekend rental with your friends. READ MORE

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[BD Review] 'Almost Human' Is An Affectionate Tribute To 80's Sci-Fi/Horror

Over two decades have passed and still, this generation is inspired by the 80’s, the stuff of my youth. The VHS subculture and old-school poster designs seem more predominate than it’s been in years. Technology has made huge leaps yet artists still go out of their way to recreate the lower grade appearance I grew up on. It speaks volumes on the depressing state of modern day entertainment that filmmakers and musicians just don’t find any inspiration by the works of their contemporaries. Writer/Director Joe Begos’ Almost Human is the latest that’s soaked in 80’s influence.

Two years have gone by since the disappearance of Seth Hampton’s best friend, Mark Fisher via a strange blue light from the sky. All of a sudden a series of vicious murders begin to occur that leads him to believe Mark is back…well, at least his physical form. The premise follows the sci-fi/horror tradition seen in such classics as The Terminator, Invasion of the Body Snatchers and a personal fav, The Hidden. This is not the kind of film you gauge the acting. It’s at the level you’d expect from a title such as this. The cast serves the material well enough. Graham Skipper (Herbert West from the Re-Animator: The Musical) is likeable as our lead protagonist and Josh Ethier plays the cyborg-like villain more than efficiently.

Begos shows potential in his directorial debut. He clearly has affection for the sci-fi, horror B pictures of the 80’s. Every decision he makes is a loving nod in some shape or form. The opening title sequence uses the same font found in John Carpenter’s Escape From New York. The movie’s title card is absolutely killer. For a low budgeter, Almost Human is surprisingly well-made. Shot on the Red MX, the filmmakers do a fine job of replicating the look of the era of influence. It utilizes the 2.35:1 aspect ratio to good effect. The score by Adam Green’s go-to guy Andy Garfield captured the mood spot-on. The soundtrack is a great mix of Carpenter-esque synth and orchestral.

As for issues, I got the feeling certain moments especially in the third act have been padded in order to get the film to hit the 80 minute mark. The clearly dragged out end credit roll is another indicator that there wasn’t enough material for a feature-length. As entertaining as I found Almost Human to be, it seems merely content to replicate the source without ever attempting to take it somewhere fresh. There isn’t a moment here that wasn’t inspired from something else. Astron-6, more specifically the works of the brilliant Steven Kostanski (long live Manborg) show that you can pay homage to your idols yet at the same time create something insane and new.

Almost Human is yet another feature that would have made a better short. It’s not like I was bored with the movie. With a straight face, Begos successfully captures the 80’s unpretentious charm . I just feel he did a disservice to his own material by attempting to extend it into something that it’s clearly not. Despite these setbacks, I find just enough here to recommend. If you dig the trailer and cheesy 80’s sci-fi horror is your thing, this flick’s for you. It preyed on my nostalgia of a time I will forever cherish. Armed with The Dude Designs’ awesome cover art, Almost Human would make a fine VHS rental.