Unhuman isn’t a standard zombie story because it switches gears. In truth, it’s not even a zombie movie. It’s fun. After the genre shift, especially. The plot and gears change saved it from a middle lull.
When the change happened, I’d almost given up on Unhuman. Think One Cut of the Dead, where you’re bored by the movie. Something changes the mood. Here’s our One Cut of the Dead spoiler-free review. A French remake debuted to excellent reviews at Cannes.
Unhuman isn’t as good as One Cut of the Dead, a cult classic and crowd favorite. It deserves a special mention in the “You think you’re watching this, but it’s that” category.
The cast is what makes Unhuman work from beginning to end, despite the third-act twist. In classic comedy, some characters are “straight guys” and others are odd and quirky. Overacting, yet it works for this story.
Brianne Tju plays the main character well. She’s the one character I’ve always supported. Brianne Tju starred in I Know What You Did Last Summer. Brianne Tju’s next film, Uglies, is in post-production and has a superb cast.
Drew Scheid is another familiar face in Unhuman. From Halloween (2018) to Netflix’s Fear Street: 1978. Uriah Shelton (Freaky), Benjamin Wadsworth (SyFy’s Deadly Class), and Joshua Mikel (Greenland).
Marcus Dunstan and Patrick Melton wrote Unhuman. Knowing both directors, we had great hopes for this picture. Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (2019), multiple Saw movies, and Piranha 3DD are their writing credits. They made The Collector and Feast.