During one of my sojourns into horror movie land, I happened upon Fangoria Presents: Inhuman Resources and I was instantly captivated by the short description.
Six captive office workers are chained to their desks by a demented, escaped serial killer.
Why did this grab my attention?
- I’ve spent a lot of my time figuratively chained to my desk at work. Way, way too much time.
- My mind automatically puts all of my surroundings into horror movies and what better than to see a horror movie that is about a serial killer in my work environment.
- My girlfriend works in Human Resources.
So, let’s talk about this film, starting with a summary:
Six captive office workers are literally chained to their desks by a demented, escaped serial killer; former regional manager Thomas Reddmann (Redd). He assigns his ‘human resources’ the impossible task of proving his innocence or suffering gruesome consequences.
A convicted serial killer captures all of the people who were involved in his court case and chains them to desks. Their task? To find out what they missed during the trial. There are several rules that they must follow during this research phase. Each one of them is given 5 chances. If they violate any of the mentioned rules, the killer slices the captive’s face to indicate what number of failures have been observed. Once they hit 5, they are brought in for a performance review that ends in a manner that leaves no one, except for the killer, happy.
So the question that lingers throughout the film is “Was the wrong man accused of a crime?” The immediate follow up question is “If this guy is innocent, what the hell is wrong with him that he would come up with this plan?”
I’m sorry, but I love it. With the unique plot, inventive kills, and impressive gore, this movie definitely hit a high rating with me. When our protagonist uses a severed human leg as a weapon, I was captivated. The creativity of the kills helped me get past some of the rough spots in the film.
Don’t get me wrong. There were some rough spots. Backstory issues, stilted dialog, etc. could have brought the film down, but the pluses helped keep this film in a solid rating. Overall, it was a fun and inventive horror movie that kept up a good pace and didn’t let the viewer down.
The interactions between our leads was very interesting, especially those between Redd, our killer/boss (played by Nicholas Hope) and the online stripper/heroine Annabelle (Kelly Paterniti). The intense competition between the two creates an amazing feel to every scene where the two come together. Redd’s psychosis is only being help in check by the strength and perseverance of Annabelle. There were additional impressive contributions to the film relationships and overall acting by Hayley McEhinney and Alan Dukes. Tom Savini, the special effects guru himself, makes an appearance both behind the camera and in front, and he adds his own special touch to both areas.
I enjoyed this movie. While it isn’t a truly terrifying or groundbreaking film, it is fun and vicious. It is one of those films that you can easily sit down and laugh at the same time you are somewhat appalled at the brutality. Maybe take it as a mix of Saw and The Office. I’m not sure if that is the perfect comparison, but it’s fitting.