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GASMASK: A Short Film About an Abysmal Future

by Kenny Hoeschen

GASMASK was created by Pablo Bonelli, an independent filmmaker and artist at HUMUNGOID FILMS. Filmed over a four-day period, the film was funded by an Indiegogo campaign along with other donations. Here’s the trailer for the film, which is currently on the film festival circuit.

Here’s the film’s synopsis:

A lone survivor travels through a ravaged wasteland.  He finds a safe clearing, finishes the last of his meager rations, and moves on.  Deep in the woods, he stumbles upon a strange house; he moves in to investigate.  A red water pump and possible sustenance lure him in further.

Having not seen another soul for many months, he is surprised and startled to discover that a family is living in the house.  After an initially violent confrontation, they invite him inside for food.

Over the dining room table, Larkin, the head of household, engages the loner in a debate on the necessity of old-world civility in the face of a stark, animalistic reality.

Larkin proposes a toast with some moonshine.  The loner is hesitant at first, but Lucille, Larkin’s wife, insists he partake in the age-old human ritual.  Trusting Lucille’s gentle, feminine nature, James takes the drink….  Moments later he is on the floor unconscious.

He wakes to the sounds of a knife being sharpened.  Lucille stands over him as he is heavily bound in a corner of the kitchen. In the face of survival, the niceties mentioned during their meal together are rendered a cold obsolescence.

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