This movie sticks you right in the middle of the action, with no real preface— so I’m going to do the same thing to you with this review:
The Human Race is about a group of 80 people that mysteriously find themselves on a race track. They each hear a set of rules: “The school, the house, and the prison are safe. Follow the arrows, or you will die. Stay on the path, or you will die. If you are lapped twice, you will die. Do not touch the grass, or you will die. Race or die.” Only one person can win the race and get out alive. The strangers must then literally run for their lives. Good luck trying to figure out how they got to the race track, who is responsible for this, or why this is happening, because I certainly couldn’t!
The Human Race is an inventive horror movie, and definitely one of the strangest ones I’ve seen in a while. It was one of the few films I’ve seen that perfectly executed an “I-didn’t-see-that-one-coming-at-all” ending perfectly. None of that “it was alllllll a dream” shit! And it was a satisfying ending, which can be hard to come by in an age in which many filmmakers leave an open ending to their films so they have the possibility of adding a sequel. Somehow, the director of The Human Race, Paul Hough, managed to wrap up this film successfully and still allow the possibility of a next chapter.
The acting is just about what you would expect from a low-budget horror movie— nothing terrible, but nothing to write home about either. Same goes for the CGI/special effects. The plot is the real star of this film, and it’s enough to keep you engaged. It is brutal: there are children, elderly people, and even a pregnant woman, none of whom are reprieved. Get ready for some serious Scanners-esque head explosions (as even the promotional poster promises!) The pace of the film is completely in line with the race itself: quick and unforgiving. One particularly creepy element is the omnipresent voice each runner hears that counts down (“80. 79. 78…”) as each participant is killed. It definitely kept me guessing through the whole film. It gets a little tough to watch— some of the deaths are a little “much” if you’re sensitive and basically everyone dies in the same fashion, so once or twice is interesting and then you get sort of accustomed to the method and it isn’t as scary. But, trust me, stick through it, because you’ll want to see how The Human Race pays off.
The Human Race will be released in theaters and on Video On Demand June 13th and will be available on DVD and Blu-ray July 22nd.
The human Race will be available in theaters, VOD, and ITunes June 13th. Don’t miss it!
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