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Pest Control (2016)

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This is the story of the Pest Control guy who took his job to the level of epic proportions.

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Arthur Mountaniol
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Arthur Mountaniol Arthur Mountaniol ... Pest Control guy
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Los Angeles Independent Exterminator # 22 is not just a regular Pest Control guy. He takes his job very seriously. Having been personally offended by the pests' outrageous activity in his apartment, he invents a Steampunk Exterminator Machine and unleashes an all-out war on them. This is his own war and it's of epic proportions. Written by Arthur Mountaniol

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Arthur Mountaniol, Experimental Film, Progressive Rock, Comedy

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

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2016 (USA) See more »

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16:9 HD
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"Does humor belong in music?" - Frank Zappa
3 February 2018 | by hugodinkumSee all my reviews

I believe that the creator of this video Arthur Mountaniol really thinks so. His music short "Pest Control" is a hilarious adventure stylized with the elements of grotesque images, British cop comedy and a la German Expressionism especially noticeable in those scenes with the machinery moving parts that remind you of Fritz Lang's "Metropolis". Yes, that's how high it gets, but only in its small, weird way. Like a friction between reality and illusion, it's filmed in black & white and some color and composed in a funny, cartoonish manner with a microscopic, rhythmical precision.

In terms of music, "Pest Control" sounds more like a mini opera with a great prog rock triumphal march, blues, rock and something else that's hard to define.

It tells the story of the crazy pest control guy on the mission. Even though it all happens in LA, he wears a British bobby helmet and runs with a bunch of empty beer cans in the rain. Full of delightful lunacy and self-control, he operates the strange machine which presumably is his main tool of destruction. But there's another one - it's the poison "Made in the USA". He kills them all with it and they die just like mummies in the oven of Hell.

A glorious victory comes and then dissolves into the idyllic scene where our hero, with a blissful smile on his face, enjoys the cherry blossoms. But the final scene takes us back to reality where we see the darkness of his inner world # 22 falling apart. The director leaves us a room for imagination as he doesn't show much of what I've just described. It's just up to you.

"Pest Control" is not good for everyone, but nevertheless it's a unique music short that is both intelligent and entertaining and it's a kind of thing that can be appreciated only by those who dig that kind.


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