Septic Man (2013) – Jesse Thomas Cook


Also releasing from Anchor Bay on DVD today is this film that screened at Toronto After Dark last year, and was one of the titles I missed. It will undoubtedly garner a cult following, but I was left unaffected I’m sad to say.

After the initial, so incredibly gross that it verges on the funny scene, I had high hopes for this one, but I was a little bummed to discover that the extent of the film features Jason David Brown as Jack/Septic Man in a sealed room with sewage, dead bodies, the occasional rat, and remnants of his slowly decaying body and mind.

I was hoping, there would be more, that perhaps Septic Man would be out there taking his revenge on the people who caused his bodily mutation, but instead, he seems content to sit in the filth, angrily and bemoan his existence while worrying about his pregnant wife (Molly Dunsworth) and trying to convince one part of a homicidal team (Robert Maillet) to help him get out of the room.

I was left wondering how long Jack is stuck in the room, with the progression of his make-up effects, one would think it was fairly lengthy time, but no one else in the film seems to change wardrobe, so is it a day? A weekend? I’m not sure.

There are a couple of supporting actors I was very happy to see… it’s always a joy to see Julian Richings and Stephen McHattie show up in anything, and they definitely add some credit to the film, but even they aren’t able to save this one. It neither held my attention, nor did it meet the promise that was suggested in the opening scene.

I think I was expecting something more along the lines of a grosser version of the Toxic Avenger, and when I didn’t get that, but instead got a man locked in a room for the majority of the film, I think I was just disappointed and it missed the mark of what I wanted to see.

However, others have highly enjoyed this film, and it’s done very well on the festival rounds, so it may just depend on the way you’re viewing it, who you’re viewing it with, and how much you’re willing to buy into the concept. I know it did very well at Toronto After Dark, and that it’s getting a lot of positive feedback, it just wasn’t for me.

Still, I’d be interested to hear what you think, so check it out today! It’s available from Anchor Bay! So give it a look, and comment below!






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