Earth Month: Save Mankind

This horror film attempts to ‘humanize’ the planet’s warming in the form of a burnt, dying hospital patient turned blood-from-mouth demon. But it succeeds largely in encouraging withdrawal from the audience.

Screened October 2018 | 44 general population brains | Cross-screen | Toronto, Canada | General Content Benchmarks

Screened October 2018 | 44 general population brains | Cross-screen | Toronto, Canada | General Content Benchmarks

What engages?

[0:45-0:54]

  • Super close ups of the patient’s eyes when she says “You fucking egomaniacs” and the music kicks in.

What fails to engage?

[0:02-0:11; 0:30-0:36; 1:05-1:26; 1:32-1:36]

  • Opening shots in hospital bed fail to breach benchmarks

  • Close ups on the patient when she says “suffocating me with your poison”

  • Incoherent voiceover of gruesome horror scenes and scenes of environmental catastrophe

  • ”til you are all gone, like some bad dream. I suppose there is still time to save your children”

  • Save Mankind with shutter flashes of patient in hospital gown


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