Neill Blomkamp Tackles Creature Features With ZYGOTE Short

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Neill Blomkamp Tackles Creature Features With ZYGOTE Short

Ever wondered how Dakota Fanning would fare against a hideous abomination ‘Frankensteined’ together from a multitude of limbs harvested from several bodies? Well, you’re in luck because so has mad scientist Neill Blomkamp!

What the latest Oats offering lacks in originality (The Thing anyone?) it amply makes up for with crazy special effects, resulting in a short that is as atmospheric as it is suspenseful. Behold Zygote as it shambles through the hallways of an Antarctic research facility in hot pursuit of the last survivor:

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MehliensJuly 13, 2017 11:13 AM

Another derivative rehash of better films of a pretentious filmmaker. YAWN. And how is this atmospheric and suspenseful unless the viewer has no idea of the genre or is easily entertained by the monster in a corridor trope? So the opposite is true, its cliched and shallow. The cringe inducing future tech talk (probably a desperate attempt at world building that is sooooo important) is just highlighting how there is nothing original or of substance to be found in that awkward 20 minute 'chase' that feels like it goes nowhere at all.

Michael LangJuly 13, 2017 3:02 PM

I liked it. The best of the three so far.

JoshJuly 13, 2017 3:49 PM

These shorts are about the tech. They try their best at making the screenplay somewhat interesting, but the goal is the art direction / CGI / set design. Get off your lofty chair of hate and fucken look at that Zygote monster with a proper perspective. It's insanely well done. The only part that looks a bit off is the mass of eyeballs. Other than that it's insanely impressive. It looks like it's actually physically there in every frame! The severed limb being held up to the sensor is also incredibly well done! What CGI do you think is better? This CGI beggars Prometheus, Covenant, Life, and Jurassic World!

wabaliciousJuly 13, 2017 6:48 PM

I haven't got round to checking out this one yet but the first two were a bit of a mixed bag for me. The effects were good and some of the design was impressive and so on, but they were definitely a bit too on the nose with their influences, which sounds like the case here again, i.e. "paying homage" to The Thing. The only one of the first three i actually liked was Gods, and it was the shortest by far. Sharlto Copley was great fun. I really liked District 9, Elysium and Chappie, but i don't think any of the Oats stuff so far is interesting enough to stretch to feature length.

MehliensJuly 14, 2017 4:28 AM

I doubt we have seen the same movie. The cgi is ok-ish. The monster design itself is like they took a Cyriak (clearly main inspiration) video and fused it on Carpenters Thing or Dead Space or something which in itself isn't a bad idea but the execution is not scary at all. It just looks like a big mass that moves rather funny and you truly wonder how it got to kill so many people when its being dropped and chopped by an ordinary little girl easily. There is so many problems with his shorts apart from them being creatively bankrupt (including shitty cg) thats its hard giving him a pass on any of it. As for the film being a tech showcase is really just apologising for it. All of Blomkamps films suffer from the exact same problems and I'm criticising him as a film maker and not fx guy. Thats the occupation he should have and not director which he clearly isn't cut out for.

MehliensJuly 14, 2017 4:39 AM

Oh and btw, the Trilobyte fighting the Engineer in Prometheus was way better than this. It had well done interaction and the visceral physicality of the combat was a lot more authentic than the B-Movie approach of this short.

chuckJuly 14, 2017 8:59 PM

Does Armond White post here now?

Zero LastimosaJuly 15, 2017 12:24 AM

I liked the creature design a lot. Literally body horror. I wish they didn't give ALL the exposition to that guy. I couldn't understand anything he was saying with all the grunting. Pretty cool though, this made me curious for the backstory of everything going on. Much better than the other ones for me.

Wjr.July 17, 2017 4:51 PM

The creature in this short film was horrifying to say the least, the best of the shorts from OATS so far....IMO.