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    I would watch this cast reading the newspaper.
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    I'd like to see this NOW please...

    Septic Man (2013) Review - Dread Central

    In 1928, French intellectual Georges Bataille published the highly sexual and perverse novella “Story of the Eye.” Upon its release, it was considered pure pornography, but as time passed, its metaphor and subtext became representative of other works under the banner of “transgressive literature.” Bataille wrote the novella under the pseudonym Lord Auch. The word “auch” is a truncated form of “aux chiottes,” which is a slang term that means “to tell someone off by sending them to the toilet.” Loosely translated, Lord Auch means “Lord to the ****house.”

    This, I believe, is essential to truly understanding the mad genius of Jesse Thomas Cook’s Septic Man. In the film, the quiet Canadian town of Collingwood is under a state of emergency due to contaminated water. People are dying, with dozens more sick of diseases heretofore unseen in the small town. A sewage worker named Jack (Jason David Brown) is called under mysterious circumstances by a man named Prosser (Julian Richings) to investigate and hopefully find the source of the contamination. With the whole town evacuated by the mayor (Stephen McHattie) and under the cover of night, Jack sneaks into the town’s water treatment plant and ultimately becomes trapped in a septic tank, whereupon his appearance begins to emulate his surroundings. Frightened and alone, he must rely on a seemingly gentle Giant with obscure motives (Robert Maillet) to escape while trying to stop his razor-toothed and murderous brother Lord Auch (Tim Burd).

    On the surface, the connection to Lord Auch might be little more than an inside joke, but writer Tony Burgess, who brought us the philosophical thriller Pontypool, has never been one to simply lay it all out on the surface. He eschews explanation for abstraction, embedding heaps of metaphor and subtext into a film that many might see as little more than an exercise in excrement-filled absurdity. Like Bataille’s “Eye,” Septic Man is more than this. As Jack begins to descend into madness, his nightmare scenario literally becomes one. Time loses all meaning, he speaks to the dead, and visions of his wife and Prosser begin to appear to him as he drifts in and out of consciousness. The film is a horrific fever dream the likes of which only Burgess can conjure up, and it’s almost necessary to have an understanding of Burgess’s work to fully appreciate the film as a whole. Without it, the film might come off as a ridiculous and foolhardy exercise in absurdity.
    And yes...if you STILL haven't seen Pontypool...you must.

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    Fede Alvarez Says Sam Raimi "Determined" To Get 'Army of Darkness 2' Going, Next?! -

    As for what actually comes next, here’s the skinny – Fede Alvarez, who directed the remake, seems to imply that Raimi is more focused on Army of Darkness 2 than Evil Dead 2. In fact, Raimi is already writing it! “The pressure is on them now. Because as far as I know, and heard, Sam is really determined to get Army Of Darkness 2 happening,” he revealed exclusively to Bloody. “He is actually writing [it now].”
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    Rigor Mortis -

    When it comes to craftsmanship, Rigor Mortis is without fault. The cinematography is consistently ace. Every shot has been beautifully composed. The visual effects are also quite effective. These elements are showcased during Rigor Mortis’ epic third act which is loaded with some slick, imaginative action beats. This is the kind of stuff Hong Kong cinema does particularly well. Their fearless sensibility is without equal. If only more Hollywood genre pictures would display such high levels of creativity. I admire Mak for taking his time developing this unique universe and the characters that inhabit it. They all have rich arcs that pay off by the end. Quirky humor is nicely infused throughout the build-up. This offsets the viewer, making the story’s darker aspects that much more jolting. Ultimately Rigor Mortis’ strengths is undone by its plodding pace. It drains the life out of the picture. The leisure manner in which the film unravels grows increasingly tedious. Things do pick up during the wild finale but by that point the damage has already been done.

    It’s amazing how a film can seemingly have all of the ingredients that make up an engaging piece of entertainment yet still manage to falter. Mak spends just too much of Rigor Mortis’ running time meandering that not even a top-notch finish and good performances could reel me back in. I like a lot of what I saw throughout this picture but the atmospheric build-up sucked the energy out of the picture for me. While Rigor Mortis didn’t work enough for me as a whole, there will certainly be admirers especially fans of offbeat Hong Kong genre cinema that these filmmakers were so obviously influenced by.

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