A lot of times the movie title will tell you the nature of the film you are about to get. Every so often you end up getting something completely different than you expect which is the case with Septic Man. With a title like that you can tell there will be something gross happening, but does it move towards horror, comedy or something more? Could this film deliver something you would be willing to fish out or should you just flush it and move one?
Septic Man follows a sewage worker gets trapped inside a septic tank during a water contamination crisis and undergoes a hideous transformation. To escape, he must team up with a docile Giant and confront the murdering madman known as Lord Auch. Going into this movie you kind of expect a silly over the top black comedy, but instead this film plays more as a horrific superhero origin story similar to something like The Toxic Avenger, without the stupidity. Make no mistake this film is pretty out there, but for the most part it takes itself just serious enough to keep a dark creepy tone while still being fun to watch. As the film moves forward the circumstances of the worker who is trapped gets worse and worse with a grotesque mutation from various situations and things in the sewer making for the side that becomes more of a horror show. The majority of the film takes place in the sewer with just the main character, but there are other parties that appear from time to time to help shake things up a bit. While not everything is always clear in the story, they have crafted it well enough to be pretty entertaining. The entire film plays as an origin story of sorts for this character that should they choose they could bring this character out for more tales of grotesque dark fun.
This is one of those movies that probably shouldn’t work, but is well crafted using the Cast Away approach with the character alone for most of the movie, but interjecting enough secondary characters and mystery that it is compelling good fun. Could this be the birth of a new hero or a villain? The ending leaves things ready for more and it is a character that should be visited again soon. Step into the sewers and witness the birth of Septic Man currently on VOD and in theaters August 15th.