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Screener Squad: Unhuman

Unhuman Movie Review


Blumhouse has created a brand known mainly for producing horror films, and their degree of quality goes from Paranormal Activity to Get Out to The Invisible Man. And then, they have their more, shall we call them, “Asylum Level” features. And Rae, Tessa, Marcos, and TC signed up for Unhuman hoping for something in the good column. Did this land there? Well, that depends on what exactly you want from the horror genre, particularly a horror film that is selling itself as The Breakfast Club meets Night of the Living Dead. Wallflower Ever (Brianne Tju) doesn’t have a place in her school life. She doesn’t fit in anywhere, while her best friend Tamra (Ali Gallo) does. The two of them are crammed in a bus with a brain, an athlete, a basket case, a princess and a criminal for a 4-H field trip to earn extra credit. That trip is quickly derailed when their bus careens into the woods in the midst of a zombie outbreak. Ever and her classmates are stranded in the woods. They seek refuge in an abandoned warehouse and the ragtag group of kids are forced to work together to survive. We’re quickly immersed in slasher tropes, with blood gushing and body parts flying. But does this movie show some of us wallflowers the perks of the real flowers? Does it plant the seeds of friendship and bonds like braces? The Squad tries to keep it to a thunderous roar and get through this together. The PTA requires it.


DIRECTED BY: Marcus Dunstan

STARRING: Brianne Tju, Benjamin Wadsworth, Uriah Shelton, Ali Gallo, Peter Giles, Drew Scheid, Joshua Mikel, Lo Graham, C.J. LeBlanc, Blake Burt, Dana Wing Lau, Emma Fitzpatrick, Traysion Wilburn, Lucy Burvant, Tony Donno, Tyler Galpin, Angel Lia Spitale, Devin Stovall, Dontez Williams




T.C. De Witt (Screener Squad)

T.C. De Witt is a multi-awarded writer/director originally from Wisconsin and now based in Los Angeles. His life has been devoted to the arts since he was a child. He’s been a stage performer, playwright, stand-up comic, film and television actor, radio DJ, podcaster published author, recorded musician, and comic writer/illustrator. He is now a professional screenwriter and has been thriving for the past decade, regularly offering his talents to production studios in LA, Chicago, Milwaukee, and internationally in Sydney and Poland. He’s provided content for Amazon Prime, Netflix, and several YouTube partners. His films have screened internationally, and his stageplays have been performed across the country. In the last ten years, he has directed 57 films, 23 episodes of his series The One Minute Rewatch, 300+ episodes of podcasts, and his multi-award-winning short film Screen: Righter screened at the Festival de Cannes in 2016. He has released two feature films, The Princess Knight and A Christmas Sunset. He thrives on collaboration and the thrill of sharing stories in all forms.



Lyrae Anderson (Screener Squad)

You can call me Rae. You can also call me a film lover. I’ll watch it all — small screen; big screen, and everything in between. I have attended and worked for Fantastic Fest and South by Southwest for many years. I married a film geek as well. While we don’t agree on everything, we agree on our love of movies.





Tessa Morrison (Highly Suspect Reviews, Screener Squad, Unstabletop Gamers)

Well-rounded nerd and artist, Tessa Morrison grew up in the misty mountains of West Virginia and was constantly ridiculed for being a “weirdo.” Then moved to Austin in 2009 where people said the same thing, but in an endearing tone. Tessa works an office day job, creates puppets and fiber art, cosplays, models for gaming and animation studios, and volunteers for various organizations. One of which is the Other Worlds Film Festival, Austin’s first SciFi film fest, working in the capacity of Outreach Director and programmer. Another is local DIY-comedy-wrestling league, Party World Rasslin’, where Tessa scrambles around stage-handing and doing art department nonsense. Wrote and contributed to website and magazine Strange Kids Club for five years reviewing films, video games, and Halloween candy. Co-hosted a Public Access show called Ladies of Fandom. Previously guested on podcasts Blood Over Texas, Threequel Club, Trash in the Can, Retro Movie Roundtable, and Nerds with Mics.



Marcos Lira (Highly Suspect Reviews, Screener Squad)

Me? I come from the South, Out there, beyond the horizon by the big river. Out there where the bandits formed cities, and the gambling is legal. I got into movies like most nerds by watching Tarantino but fell in love with movies through Chinese Cinema for some reason. A few of my favorite things would probably be live music, new experiences, and belt-fed ammunition. You can catch this occasional podcaster, occasional other Marco and full-time human on any form of social media by typing jlmarcos62. Hit me up for music suggestions and bad jokes.



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