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Unhuman

By Brian Costello, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Violence, language in dark horror-comedy that misses mark.

Movie NR 2022 87 minutes
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This is a teen horror-comedy that doesn't quite hit the mark. Unhuman starts off like a standard-grade teen zombie horror movie that's a little too on the nose. It's quite aware of the tropes and clichés of movies like these, and with all its commentary on bullying, fitting in or not fitting in, and whether or not high school and adolescence mean much once teens are no longer teens, the "big reveal" doesn't seem surprising so much as weird and unwieldy. The only real mystery is to figure out who's behind it, and even that isn't terribly surprising.

It's a disparate combination of the John Hughes teen movies of the '80s and perhaps the '90s self-awareness of the Scream franchise. Some of the plot contrivances are required to do a lot of heavy lifting, and even with the absurdist humor element that's a part of this, it doesn't entirely add up. There are many talented actors involved in this movie, which makes it all the more disappointing.

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