I watched this out of curiosity because some of Chris D's criticism and writing in particular about japanese film has been helpful (and I have been known to still put records by the Flesh Eaters and Divine Horsemen on my turntable to this day). The drug addiction/horror connection has been mined surprisingly rarely to date and it seemed like a good premise (and it's a great title). So I wanted to like this going into it.
Unfortunately, I just don't think this really comes together so I have to be critical as an honest consumer alert since everybody works hard for their money; I will explain in depth because my reasons may not matter for you and you may enjoy this more than I did. Low/no budget filmmaking is admittedly really tough and I think it is always important to give credit for effort and ingenuity in the face of adverse lack of funding and lack of time, so this actually is getting an extra star out of respect for its indie DIY origins. And had this been shot with grainy film stock like an old no wave film, maybe the atmosphere would have worked for me, but the bottom line is that the amateurish ordinary video look of this movie is a real impedement to the sort of feel being strived for here. There are many of you, I'm sure, who are quite used to the low budget video look for straight to vid horror and who will be asking, hey, what's the problem, you jerk? That's just the way it is, take it or leave it, and go watch hollywood dreck if you don't like it. But, for me at any rate, I think the difficulty is that "otherworldly" events like seeing hallucinatory images or spirits really require a certain look to the filmic world for their success, a certain quality of image. The other reviewer mentioned Carnival of Souls and Jean Rollin's films as reference points and I think those are certainly appropriate (low budget) touchstones for the moody surreal hypnotic dreamy feel Chris D seemed to be after. I just think that kind of end result, an extended portrait of a mind losing touch with reality and encountering things from beyond, is too ambitious for the means at his disposal and too far to reach with these ordinary visuals. It's one thing to do a quick and dirty slasher picture on cheap video; because that feels "real", the look can actually work well for you there--just not here really. And the sound, lighting, and framing are too often quite unremarkable in this movie, seeming indifferently set up or poorly executed, compounding the basic cheap-video problem (and having no budget is only partly an excuse on this front given the high quality a lot of other quick-working filmmakers have managed to achieve on the cheap).
The acting is pretty decent (there are some recognizable veteran actors cameoing here and there, including Mary Woronov and John Diehl) and the music scene background is kind of refreshingly different (there's a lot of very good stuff on the soundtrack though I think there is perhaps too much song use throughout; after a while it's almost like every scene gets a song for the background). Leaving aside the horror side of the equation, the drug scene portrayed here is not all that grimy or gritty as drug movies go, to the point where it seems almost a bit unconvincing when a gun gets pulled out and used; but on the other hand, I think drug use in the artist class hasn't been addressed nearly as much as the very obvious toll it takes on the poor at the lowest rungs on the social ladder, which is pretty commonly depicted in the media. I don't think there's much really new insight here on the drug-addiction front ultimately but I do admire the attempt to bring that element front and center into the genre.
So, in the end, I may be being too hard on this one, but you should go into this being fully aware of what level of production you're getting here for your money. I would love to see this same concept remade (and rewritten actually to push the material farther) with a decent budget/better look. The criticisms here are not meant to be discouraging but just meant as a fair consumer guide: better to make a flawed DIY movie than not to make one at all. I Pass for Human is a commendable try but it just falls short of success on a lot of fronts.