Fecal Matters: Fantastic Fest’s “SEPTIC MAN” debuts Trailer and Phantom City Poster

From the writer of the brilliant PONTYPOOL and the director of creature crowd pleaser MONSTER BRAWL comes something of a strange, makeup heavy, contained and contaminated thriller. SEPTIC MAN finds the plumber of  bizarre town trapped in a septic tank and the snippets of his ordeal and subsequent transformation hinted at below seem repulsive in all the right ways.

SEPTIC MAN, directed by Jesse Thomas Cook and written by Tony Burgess, sees its world premiere this Monday, September 23 at Austin’s Fantastic Fest. Courtesy of the Festival Guide, find a lengthy synopsis below, as well as the film’s brand new poster from frequent Mondo collaborators Phantom City Creative.

Jack has a good—if somewhat smelly—life. He has a beautiful wife and a lovely home in a charming town, and if maintaining that life means occasionally being coated in goo, he’s fine with that. Jack’s a plumber. A good one. And so when his town is stricken by a contaminated water crisis, it’s to Jack that the town turns to find and solve the problem while the residents are evacuated away to cleaner pastures.

But things don’t go as planned. Sure, Jack finds the source of the problem deep in a long forgotten sewage treatment holding tank, but he’s not alone in the plant and the unfriendly denizens trap him within the fetid tank with no food or clean water. And so begins a lengthy and repulsive transformation; Jack’s foul surroundings slowly changing him into something entirely other as he struggles for freedom with only his own wits to rely upon. He may have been Jack when he entered the tank, but he’ll become Septic Man before he leaves, assuming he leaves at all.

For more on the film, visit its official Facebook. Expect a review of SEPTIC MAN next week!

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