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Zygote (2017)

Not Rated | | Short, Horror, Sci-Fi | 12 July 2017 (USA)
Stranded in an Arctic mine, two lone survivors are forced to fight for their lives, evading and hiding from a new kind of terror.


Neill Blomkamp


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Cast overview:
Dakota Fanning ... Barklay
Jose Pablo Cantillo ... Quinn


In a remote mining facility located somewhere in the Arctic circle, a monster kills 96 of the 98 people there. The 2 remaining survivors try to hide from it, but with food and water running low, they decide to escape to a safe zone as it contains an abundance of supplies. As soon as they leave, however, they are instantly pursued by the monster through large rooms and narrow corridors with only a couple of guns to defend themselves with. Written by Brian Berta

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Short | Horror | Sci-Fi


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Release Date:

12 July 2017 (USA) See more »

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Oats Studios See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


Filmed at the Diefenbunker, a decommissioned Cold War era nuclear fallout shelter of the Canadian government - now the Canadian Cold War museum. The Sum of All Fears (2002) among other movies have used the location in the past. See more »


Quinn: Just don't let it surprise you. You make sure you hit that motherfucker.
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Blomkamp showcases range in strong horror sci-fi
14 July 2017 | by Jackawittz128See all my reviews

Director Neill Blomkamp's experimental venture Oats Studios has produced shorts from a wide range of genres, including comedy, fantasy, and war, but primarily sci-fi, which often crosses over into the former three. "Zygote" is the first horror outing from the Oats team, and it is a strong case for a full-length horror feature from Blomkamp.

Zygote has definitely been my favorite narrative Oats short so far. With the previous shorts "Rakka" and "Firebase", a lot of the story was told through expository narration and flashbacks, which still worked because of how it built the world, but made them seem less like a traditional short. With Zygote however, the story felt much more natural, with much of the backstory and worldbuilding coming through dialogue and mise en scene.

In Zygote, Jose Pablo Cantillo and Dakota Fanning play the two remaining survivors of a mineral mining facility somewhere in the north. Genetic experimentation by one of the occupants has created an abomination made from parts of other living things. Cantillo and Fanning must make a last stand against the monstrosity to ensure the crew's sacrifice was not in vain.

The terror of this short is palpable, and showcases Neill's range as a director. Scenes of the wailing, undulating Zygote stalking down dark corridors are sure to stick with you. Jose Pablo Cantillo and Dakota Fanning were brilliant in their roles, clearly conveying the fear of being trapped inside with the monster, as well as the simultaneous courage to stand off with it.

If I had any criticisms, I would say that some of Jose's dialogue sounded a little fast or whispered, making it hard to hear, but it didn't detract from his overall performance. As for the Zygote itself, while the creature was terrifying, (maybe giving the Thing a run for its money!) I think it could have benefited from a wider range of vocal sounds, and was more scary when obscured by dark lighting, thus giving it a sense of mystery.

All in all, wonderful work from the Oats team! I'll be looking forward to Volume 2!

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