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
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
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
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
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
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.
Writer/director Eric England (Madison County, Roaside, Contracted) has provided (via an exclusive with us) you guys with another halloween treat in the form of a followup to last year’s Trick Or Treater short. If you’ll recall – and if you didn’t see it we’ve included below the jump as well – last year Ace Marrero (Madison County, Roadside) lost his gal Katie Stegeman (Roadside, Contracted) to a killer Cucurbita. And now it’s time for Trick Or Treater: Part Two!
This year he’s moved on to live with Charley Koontz (“Community”, Rubber, Contracted). But, much like Paxton in Hostel 2, he’s brought his baggage as a survivor to his new roommate. It’s pretty NSFW, with copious gore and an in-all-likelihood-illegal sexual act, but it’s a Sunday so that shouldn’t be a problem!
The short was produced by England and Matt Mercer (who is featured in an anonymous cameo in the beginning alongside Stegeman). Cinematography is by Mike Testin and editing by Josh Ethier. Head inside to check it out! READ MORE