Another Hole in the Head 2013: “Septic Man”


three-stars15Omitting a documentary credit, Tony BurgessSeptic Man is a solid follow-up to his debut novel and screenplay Pontypool. Those who have seen Pontypool and liked it (I have yet to meet someone who hasn’t) can rest assured that Burgess is no one hit wonder.

Septic Man is a rather straight forward dish du jour one might find in an underground fusion eatery. It’s a plateful of mashed-up genres, gleefully gross makeups, and other odd sides, all served within the confines of a gorgeous gag-inducing grimy practical setting. It’s doubtful any fan of the horror genre will be sending this one back to the kitchen.

The less you know about the plot the better, but if you insist on knowing, it’s about a septic man. Seriously, it is. Okay, I’ll tell you a tad bit more, but that’s it. He gets stuck in a sewer yadda yadda yadda, there’s a couple of mutant people, yadda yadda yadda, blood, vomit, more blood, more vomit, diseases, yadda, yadda, yadda, slippery skin boils, more blood, someone gets his teeth sharpened with a giant metal file, yadda, yadda, yadda, and through all this there’s a septic man, who, by the way would totally kick the crap out of The Toxic Avenger – easily.

I hate to put a plumber’s wrench into this review, but I’m going to do it anyway. Jesse T. Cook, the director, is clearly capable of handling Burgess’ material, I just wish the dude would have laid off the score a bit. In a movie where one of the character’s isolation is an integral part of the plot the isolation becomes less and less effective with every musical note being heard. Also, having the protagonist say aloud to himself what he’s doing, even when it’s painfully obvious what he’s doing, is the most offensive display of dumbing down to an audience; an audience who will most likely understand the character’s motives without the added and unnecessary dialogue.

Other than these two minor complaints, I enjoyed this film a great deal.


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