The Human Race (film)

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The Human Race
Directed by Paul Hough
Produced by Bryan Coyne
Written by Paul Hough
Starring Paul McCarthy-Boyington
Eddie McGee
Trista Robinson
Music by Marinho Nobre
Cinematography Matt Fore
Edited by Paul Hough
Paul Hough Entertainment
Release dates
  • April 11, 2013 (2013-04-11) (Brussels International Fantastic Film Festival)
  • June 21, 2014 (2014-06-21) (United States)
Running time 87 minutes
Country United States
Language English

The Human Race is an American horror film directed and written by Paul Hough.[1] A work-in-progress copy was screened at the 2012 Fantasia Film Festival and the finished copy had its world premiere on April 11, 2013 at the Brussels International Fantastic Film Festival. It stars Paul McCarthy-Boyington, Eddie McGee and Trista Robinson as a group of people who find themselves forced to race or die.


About eighty people are horrified to wake in a strange institutional setting, with the only common factor between them the knowledge that prior to their abductions they witnessed a sudden flash of white light. A voice in their heads demands that they all participate in a gruesome race to the finish. The rules are that they must all participate and that if they stray from the marked paths in any way or if they are lapped twice, they will die. Only one person will survive. Many die instantly, but others are forced to their deaths by other racers. As the numbers thin, the survivors become more and more desperate to stay alive.



Critical reception has been mostly positive.[2] Variety wrote that "Although haphazardly assembled, Paul Hough's low-budget survival thriller is not without intrigue",[3] while the Los Angeles Times called it an "eerie, violent sci-fi survival tale".[4] Twitch Film commented that "while the film never quite transcends the genre in the ways that it could have, it's still an exciting, well-acted and extremely bloody slice of survivalist action with some nice surprises up its sleeve".[5]


  1. ^ Whitney, Scott Bain. "Interview: Paul Hough : THE HUMAN RACE". Starburst. Retrieved 15 July 2014. 
  2. ^ Bumbay, Chris. "REVIEW: THE HUMAN RACE". JoBLo. Retrieved 15 July 2014. 
  3. ^ Harvey, Dennis. "Film Review: ‘The Human Race". Variety. Retrieved 15 July 2014. 
  4. ^ Goldstein, Gary. "Review 'The Human Race' is an eerie, violent sci-fi survival tale". LAT. Retrieved 15 July 2014. 
  5. ^ Clark, Brian. "Brussels 2013 Review: THE HUMAN RACE Plunges One-Legged Man Into Bizarre Battle Royale". Twitch Film. Retrieved 15 July 2014. 

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