Release Date: December 15, 2016
Genre: Horror, Sci-Fi, Comedy
Director: David Cornelius
Writer: David Cornelius
Starring: Matt Laumann, Michael Peake, Jack Burrows, Kayla Clark, Jake Robinson
WARNING: POSSIBLE SPOILERS IN THIS REVIEW
Since we’re in the middle of Halloween season, we’re going to go from one creature feature movie to another. We go from an alien parasite who injects his victims with a drug like juice to a giant monster made of human, radioactive substance and ground beef. This next movie in “Guilty Pleasure Cinema Review” came out of nowhere like something falling from the sky. The first thing that caught my attention was the movie title followed by the image of a Sloppy Joe with teeth. The title of the movie was called “Inhumanwich!”
“Inhumanwich” is a Sci-Fi/Horror/Comedy about an astronaut returning back to earth from a space mission. As he prepares to eat a Sloppy Joe sandwich his wife made him for his trip, he gets caught in an asteroid field damaging the ship’s reactor core. Radiation leaks out which gets on him and the sandwich. When he crash-lands in a wooded area, he slowly turns into a meat monster with tentacles. From there it wrecks having in a small southern Ohio town eating one human to another causing it to grow in size. The scientists at NASA team up with the military to stop this creature before it consumes any more victims.
Written and directed by David Cornelius, “Inhumanwich!” is a throwback to the silly sci-fi monster movies of the fifties. It’s shot entirely in black and white which gives it that authenticity of being a movie from that era. The look of the film is amateurish in nature complete with a local cast and crew, but they all work well together to create a film that doesn’t take itself seriously which makes it enjoyable.
I love the fact that the movie takes place in Ohio. The crew is from Cincinnati and the entire film is shot there. The filmmakers decided to give Dayton (my hometown) its own NASA Mission Control Center. I’m telling you right now, we don’t have an actual Mission Control Center here, but we do have the National Air Force and Space Museum. Other than that, the film does a good job showcasing the area with its suburban neighborhoods and heavily wooded areas.
Like a cheesy monster movie from the fifties, the performances are filled with familiar characters found in most of those films. You have the stereotypical housewife who shows concerns (or lack thereof) of her husband, scientists who come up with ways of stopping the monster only for it to backfire and the military officers complete with firepower who’s only remedy to the situation is to shower it with bullets. There’s plenty of gags and situations with the characters that it reminds me of something “Monty Python” would do.
As for the star of the movie, the creature is essentially a giant meatloaf with eyes and tentacles. The first time you see it, he is chasing a hunter using fast motion effects. I was literally chocking on my sandwich as I saw this. The creature essentially eats the meat of its victims leaving the bones behind as shown in various shots of skeletons that looked like they were bought from a Halloween Store. It has the ability to camouflage itself with any ground meat as shown in one particular scene. I have to give the filmmakers props for coming up with an ingenious creation.
The film makes do a good job of limiting the use of special effects in “Inhumanwich!” There’s a mix of physical effects with ones that were done on a computer. They didn’t lessen my enjoyment as I continued through the structured and easy to follow plot. One thing is for sure is that David Cornelius made sure to throw every fifties sci-fi monster trope out there and many were able to stick.
“Inhumanwich!” is a great throwback to the monster movies of the era. I give the filmmakers much kudos for creating a funny and entertaining movie. If you’re sick of the big budget monster flicks, this is the total opposite. It makes you want to go back and revisit those style of films. Who knows? Maybe someday we can get a “Mystery Science Theater 3000” riff of this movie!
Two Way Communication
Meeting The President
Talking To Lisa
Worse Than I Thought
Need A Minute To Stand Up
Meat Being Consumed By Meat
His Hunch And My Hunch Are The Same Hunch
Really Fast And Had A Lot Of Knives
Could Be Raccoons?
Radiation Turned Him Into A Merman
Like A Sloppy Joe
Lisa Speaking To Joe
Quite A Lot To See In The City
Need A Competitive Eater