In Peter Weir’s The Plumber, a young couple, living in an apartment building, is harassed by an highly incompetent plumber who makes unnecessary repairs to their bathroom, initiating a never ending destroying process.
A fun psychological thriller, this made for TV film doesn’t resort to graphic violence in order to create chilling effects. Based on two events, one from Weir’s personal experience and an incident that happened to some friends of his, the tension is simply built up inside the claustrophobic setting. This escalating tension comes from a simple question for the spectator to wonder about the plumber just being an imbecile, someone with a bad sense of humor, or someone with an agenda…
Shot in 16mm, it was included as a near hidden supplemental feature on The Cars that ate Paris DVD. The Plumber is a clever and original low budget bathtub thriller.