Almost Human (1974)

Known as Milano odia: la polizia non può sparare in it’s native Italy and The Death Dealer in the US, Almost Human is a seriously hard- assed crime film directed by the man who would later bring you Cannibal Ferox, that man being Umberto Lenzi.

Our story begins where a bunch of criminals kidnap a small boy during a robbery.  Their look-out and driver is a chap by the name of Giulio, a rather unsavoury character who shoots a policeman dead when the cop asks him to move his car along from outside the bank.  What follows is a great car chase (slightly speeded up at times) featuring all kinds of destruction.  Eventually the thieves dump their vehicle and leave the young lad behind.

Unhappy with Giulio shooting the cop, they beat him up and he then goes off to his girlfriend’s flat and basically rapes her.  As you can now tell, he’s a right nasty piece of work and when the chance arises for him to commit another crime with a big pay-off , he goes for it.

Pursuing the criminals is Inspector Grandi and he is determined to bring the perpetrators to justice.

Almost Human is seriously brutal stuff that could only be made back in the 1970’s.  Our main character played by the late great Tomas Milian is a right horrible bastard and the cop after him is portrayed by Henry Silva, who I first saw as an actor when he played Kane in Buck Rogers in the 25th Century.  The film is very violent with some sexual overtones which might not be suitable for everyone.  However, if you ignore that and put it to one side, it’s a great hardcore crime thriller with an outstanding Ennio Morricone score.

All I can really say is that it is a very good film which looks fantastic (thanks to the restoration) and well worth your time if these type of movies are your bag.

  • Starring Henry Silva  Tomas Milian  Ray Lovelock  Anita Strindberg
  • Director Umberto Lenzi
  • Distributor Shameless Screen Entertainment