From the Drain (1967, 14 min), is the second short film by Canadian director David Cronenberg (1943), also known as the King of Venereal Horror or the Baron of blood, thanks to his body horror style. He filmed it while he was still in film school in Toronto. It has the same two actors who also appeared in his first short film, Transfers (1966).
This is Mort Ritts, who also worked as a producer in the short film, and Stefan Nosko, producer as well and who also would be making some production works in the first two films of the Toronto director, Stereo (1969) and Crimes of the Future (1970).
Both characters are presented in a bathtub in a mental hospital, yes. Veterans of a recent war, supposedly one secret agent and the other one expert on chemical and biological warfare, after discussing about changes to people and plants due to the use of chemicals in wars, something happens…
Apparently the short film shows a conspiracy to murder war survivors in order to eliminate any information regarding what really happened.
Cronenberg began like this his first films, with that physical-psychological mix, that accentuate all his first stage, but later his work would extend to other gender, but usually always inside the horror or science fiction style.