The Cask of Amontillado is a modernized short film adaptation of the Poe story of the same name. The story centers around Lance Sourile’s oath of vengeance on his brother Clark.
The Cask of Amontillado is about honor, betrayal, and deception. Lance Sourile was once an extremely prominent wine maker; but when his father passed, the companies vineyards were split between himself and his brother Clark. Lance wanted to keep the company together, but Clark seized the opportunity and formed his own company. Feeling betrayed and with no one left in his world, Lance abandoned his company and receded from the limelight. Ten years have passed and Lance has returned with a new batch. He has one objective: to restore his honor by eliminating Clark.
The Cask of Amontillado has always been one of my favorite Poe stories and I wanted to make an adaptation that gave justice to the original, but as I wrote the script, developed the characters, and crafted the plot, it became less of Edgar Allan Poe’s The Cask of Amontillado and more Mark Leja’s The Cask of Amontillado.
I focused on the theme of deception. Every aspect, from character introductions to cinematography, mislead the audience and leaves them guessing. Who was the hero? Was there a hero? In the heart of it all, the story is about the bond between brothers. While Lance’s motivation is very ambiguous, one of the more likely reasons is that he needed Clark, and Clark left. This movie is not just about Lance enacting revenge, it is his desire to hear an apology from his brother.