FANGORIA: Which film is that big unknown for you this year?
COLIN GEDDES: I will tell you that everyone has to watch out for ALMOST HUMAN by Joe Begos. This is a first film for a young director, along with his actor/editor (Josh Ethier) and they are the producers. These two guys have been writing horror films, working and working trying to get something done. They did an entry for ABC’s OF DEATH which didn’t get in. Finally these guys said “We’ve got a script, let’s figure out how much we can put on our credit cards and let’s make this movie” and they just went out and did it. It’s a film with that vibe of some of the best 80s intense horror thrillers, which has that action element to it. It’s really fresh and fun. A guy gets abducted by aliens—or we assume aliens since he goes into a blue light.Ten years later his friend who has been accused of the murder finds out that he has come back, however he is not the same and now he likes to use shotguns, chainsaws and axes on people.
Great short starring our friend and CHOP’s director Trent Haaga. You’ll never listen to Smashing Pumpkins the same.
Quick Synopsis: “Lance Reed is forced by a psychotic stranger to confront his duplicitous past. Seeking retribution for a crime, the man forces Lance to reveal his inner most secrets by systematically removing his limbs.”
Director: Trent Haaga
Haaga’s directorial debut oozes every bit of Troma influenced campy hilarity absorbed from his time with the famed B-Movie production company, creating an original horror comedy knowing no boundaries. Detach yourself from reality as Lance (Will Keenan) is forced to re-live his drug filled and debaucherous past while visited by people whom he wronged and who seek a little deserved payback.
Rational thought should be found nowhere near Chop, as Keenan crafts a dimwitted and charismatic lead character, understanding the cheese-tastic nature B-Movie actors normally exude, and tailors such behaviors to Lance.
Timothy Muskatell play’s Lance’s abductor and deserves his own acting recognition as well, embodying a vivaciously delusional and twisted torturer who is exposed full force come Chop‘s finale.
It almost feels devilish watching Lance’s body be severed in numerous places as he struggles to remember the fateful incident which spurred his capture, but writer Adam Minarovich keeps a joking tone present which never lets his script slip into serious horror land so laugh away!
Sick, twisted, deranged, and wildly entertaining, Trent Haaga picked up all the right traits from Troma and forgot the bad, making a splatterific B-Movie worthy of the highest Troma distribution honor. Too bad Bloody Disgusting Selects beat them to it!
Final Rating: 7.5/10