To blow off some steam from another college semester a small group of friends decide to take advantage of the school freak, April, and throw a party at her house. Expecting to drink her parent's booze, trash the house, and allow April to take the fall. These kids soon learn the powers that April hides as she turns the party into a house of horrors from which none of them will be able to escape.
For unknown reasons I've been receiving packages of screeners from the production and distribution company Chemical Burn Entertainment. I've been hesitant about reviewing their movies since I didn't think I would like them or that they would be good. Contrary to what people think and say about me, I don't seek out to bash movies (Though I have no problem voicing my opinion if it is negative.) which is why I've been putting off their movies. With this last package I figured I would go ahead and review some of their stuff, even if it might be negative, since they are kind enough to send me screeners.
So with that I started off with "Almost Invisible" - a title that falls under Chemical Burn's sexploitation section that mixes "barely legal" bare flesh with demonic possession and supernatural on goings. Calling this sexploitation is a bit of a stretch since this isn't anymore perverse than schlocky horror flicks from the 80's that had girls stripping down to their birthday suits. Instead, "Almost Invisible" is a poor man's backyard production version of "Night of the Demons". Which is kind of odd when you think of it since "Night of the Demons" is a poor man's "Evil Dead". Either way, "Almost Invisible" is about the popular kids throwing a party with the school "freak", April, who happens to have supernatural powers and reigns terror down upon the partiers while they wreck her house in a drunken stupor.
It might be unfair to call "Almost Invisible" a backyard production, but the overall quality and professionalism, or rather, lack thereof. Leads me to believe that this was nothing more than one of those movies thrown together by friends who wanted to make something. To be blunt, this movie is just flat out terrible in just about every way: unbearably bad acting, looks like it was shot on a mini-DV camera and by whoever was available to hold the camera at the time, terrible audio, over-edited, incoherent story, etc. I'm actually willing to forgive a lot of technical aspects that are poor with backyard productions or amateur efforts. What I can't overlook is that the movie doesn't really have a story, or rather doesn't know how to tell one. A lot of the movie is a mish-mash of random party scenes, then suddenly something happens to someone, but because of the way it's put together you're not quite sure as to what has happened. Not to mention the "cinematography" permanently stuck on zoom that keeps you from being able to tell what it is that you're exactly looking at. The only reason I could even begin to piece together and slightly understand what the story was supposed to be was because the parallels between "Almost Invisible" and "Night of the Demons" is uncanny.
"Almost Invisible" is exactly what I expected and what I was afraid of what I was going to get. As a matter of fact, there isn't much to critique because it's all bad. It's a very amateurish effort and a very poor one at that. If people want to get out there and make a movie because they want to, then they should go for it. I'm sure that's better practice as opposed to reading about it or sitting in a classroom. But with something like "Almost Invisible" there isn't any reason for it to have been released - this is something that should have stayed amongst the people who made it and worked on it and be left at that. This is only the first flick in my batch of Chemical Burn titles and I think I'm in a world of trouble because I'm starting to have Factory 2000 flashbacks. Oh, the horror!