Human No More (2021) lives up to both its title and subtitle – it is an out of body experience as well as the epitome of indie horror.
This is a SPOILER FREE review especially due to the fact that this movie’s twists (which are high in number) should not be revealed lest you lose interest quickly. Clocking in at 124 minutes this movie wastes no second getting into the macabre. It’s more psychological thriller than a blood fest but believe me there is enough gore to keep horror junkies satisfied and non-horror viewers equally mystified.
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Human No More follows Detective Nemo (Tony Simmons) who is still haunted by a previous murder case. So, he revisits a place called the HAB which is a night club, and what follows next is pure mystery, as the story is told through flashbacks, and the antagonists are as horrifying as the psychedelic horror sequences.
Direction-wise this movie really reminded me of one of the Hellraiser franchise’s better straight-to-DVD entries, Hellraiser: Inferno (2000), which also features a detective as the main character. Scott Derrickson would go on to film more mainstream movies like The Exorcism of Emily Rose (2005) and Doctor Strange (2016). Thus, for Human No More director-writer, Christopher Alan Broadstone, I only see positive things ahead in his never-ending journey as a creator.
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A few flaws would be the story diverging too much from the primary storyline, and also with this movie belonging to a micro-niche category, even though there are low-budget horror films like suppose a slasher genre flick which a mainstream audience can relate to more easily – Human No More doesn’t offer this luxury – so a certain type of viewer – say, a more literary spectator – might find HNM more fascinating as it is a thought-provoking film rather than a popcorn one.
Nevertheless, Human No More has more plus points than negative ones. All the actors are awesome especially the lead, Simmons, who really buries himself in the role of a detective who must confront his darkest fears again. If you like out-of-the-norm indie horror flicks as well as video games like LA Noire, then Human No More is a unique experience you shouldn’t miss.
What CRITICS & VIEWERS Are Saying About HUMAN NO MORE:
***HUMAN NO MORE is a refreshing SPARK IN THE DARK for those of us ‘MACABRE On The INSIDE’––A THRILLER for the DISCERNING MISFITS & RESTLESS SPIRITS who see the world clearly through WIDE OPEN EYES. If you love POE, you’ll love HUMAN NO MORE!
+++”Broadstone has crafted a genre-bending anomaly: an intelligent ‘macabre thriller’ that resists tropes and doesn’t talk down to its audience. Gabriel Sigal (as Mr. Blight) offers a charismatic, enticing depiction of evil, while Tony Simmons’ (as Det. Nemo) embodies the tragedy of jaded despair. With minimal sets, HNM creates a distinctive aesthetic that transports the viewer to a foreboding and mysterious underworld.”––Jonny Numb, Crash Palace Productions.
+++“HUMAN NO MORE is a mesh of Shakespeare and Poe in which Christopher Broadstone takes us on an under-the-surface journey into the fiery hell within our own souls. The darkest aspects of film noir are dragged into Hell to deliver tortuous reflection and realization––an ominous invasion into parts of our psyche that should remain unexplored.”––Christopher Zisi, Zisi Emporium For B-Movies.
+++“Whoa, HUMAN NO MORE is very intense and the story is something else! “Death” is a character not to be ignored and the film’s finale is not what I was expecting––it brought a dark and disturbing tale to a satisfying conclusion.”––Vitina Molgaard, Horror Novel Reviews – Horror Novel Reviews
+++“This is not your grandfather’s thriller art film. I have to say that I have never seen anything like this. And yet, it feels familiar. I am equally intrigued and disturbed. The imagery and poetry will take you on a dark and chilling journey. The influence of Edgar Allan Poe is weaved elegantly into the fabric of each scene. It was like seeing a poem unfold. Being inside the mind of madness, needing to separate from humanity in order to move forward. The protagonist wrestles with this very dilemma and each revelation leads him deeper into a darkness that will consume him if he commits to vengeance. The art direction in concert with the soundtrack has the effect of a hallucinatory circus and was very effective, keeping me on edge. The. Whole. Time. You have never experienced a final walk into the sunrise like this.”––Ruthi Garrett., HNM Viewer Comment
ABOUT The DIRECTOR:
Christopher Alan Broadstone is the author of the macabre-thriller PUZZLEMAN. His latest novella A CATCH IN TIME (a dark alternative-history thriller) is now available on Amazon and the relative short film, A CATCH IN TIME: CHAPTER ONE is now available on the HUMAN NO MORE Blu-ray. His short story, NOTE-TO-SELF, is included in the anthology JOURNALS OF HORROR: FOUND FICTION (edited by Terry M. West). SUICIDE THE HARD WAY: AND OTHER TALES FROM THE INNERZONE is an in-depth collection of Brodastone’s never-before-released short stories, screenplays, and lyrics/poetry. Currently, he is completing his second macabre-thriller novel, HEATHER’S TREEHOUSE (due Christmas 2021), and has just released his first feature film HUMAN NO MORE, now available on Blu-ray from Amazon and at Texas POĒtrope–Books, Films, Music. Please find Texas POĒtrope @ Poe Trope
Serving as writer and director, C.A. Broadstone has also produced the award-winning short films: SCREAM FOR ME (Best Short Film: NYC Horror Film Festival, Best Underground Short: B-Independent.com), MY SKIN! (Best Horror Short: Shriekfest Film Festival [L.A.], Creative Vision Award: International Horror & Sci-Fi Film Festival [Phoenix, AZ], Best Film/Director: Cinema Edge Awards), and HUMAN NO MORE (Best Horror Short: The Indie Gathering Film Festival [OH]). Also, he has completed two feature length screenplays, COLOR OF FLAME, an erotic ghost story, and, with actor/writer John Franklin (Isaac from ‘Children of the Corn’), R (Best Horror Feature Screenplay: Shriekfest Film Festival [L.A.]). In total, C.A. Broadstone’s films have been showcased on several horror compilation DVDs, have screened at 30 international film festivals, and have won 15 ‘Best Of’ awards. All three films are currently available on the anthology DVD, 3 DEAD GIRLS! at Texas POĒtrope–Books, Films, Music. Please find Texas POĒtrope @ Poe Trope