If you’re sci-if/horror fan – and you’re looking for a way to beat the insufferable summer heat – this should send more than a few shivers up your spine. Streaming now from Neill Blomkamp’s newly-christened OATS STUDIOS is ZYGOTE, the latest in the South-African filmmaker’s new series of experimental sci-fi shorts.
A quick recap for the uninitiated – OATS is Blomkamp (DISTRICT 9, ELYSIUM, CHAPPIE) & co.’s new open source film laboratory which specializes in experimental, genre-bending science fiction shorts and compelling new stories. Handling all facets of production (including some pretty mind-blowing FX), OATS is now four installments deep into their inaugural anthology of short films, the first of which (RAKKA) we covered a few weeks back upon its initial release.
Since then, the studio has also released its dread-laced Vietnam War epic FIREBASE, the darkly whimsical GOD: SERENGETI (which features fan-favorite & frequent Blomkamp collaborator Sharlto Copley as our eponymous deity), and a series of completely whacked-out infomercials. So far, each installment has proven as compelling as the last, and this past Wednesday saw the debut of the studio’s newest nightmare: ZYGOTE.
Starring Dakota Fanning (who also appeared in Blomkamp’s recent entry into the newly-resurrected BMW Films) and Jose Pablo Cantillo (ELYSIUM, THE WALKING DEAD), ZYGOTE centers around the two survivors of a cataclysmic event that’s laid waste to the population of a remote arctic mining facility. And while we’ve seen strong notes of horror at work in each of the OATS experiments to date, ZYGOTE is perhaps the most immediately intense with its claustrophobic setting, palpable tension, and a completely unsettling central threat.
Needless to say, it’s uh… pretty freaky..
The film is embedded below for your convenience. And if you’d like to keep up with OATS STUDIOS, you can do so via Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, as well as on STEAM (where you can also get further involved with the studio’s efforts and gain access to exclusive DLC).