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Director Neill Blomkamp, who broke onto the scene in 2009 with the surprise hit film “District 9,” has a very interesting new venture that aims to deliver experimental content to viewers completely for free. This venture goes by the name of Oats Studios, a mysterious company headed by Blomkamp who for the past few months, has been cranking out eerie sci-fi shorts and slightly more comedic faux-informercials with a dark twists.
Blomkamp has stated that Oats’s aim is to give away free content and should the current crop of shorts, dubbed “Volume 1,” take off, he is open to expanding one of the shorts to feature length. Which short? Well, that’s up to the viewer, but for now, Oats is focused on churning out Volume 1 and if it takes off, Volume 2 could be on the horizon.
Here’s a breakdown of Oats’s resume so far:
“Rakka” | This horrifying 22-minute piece stars Sigourney Weaver as the leader of a resistance against a vicious alien race who have taken over Earth for their own nefarious ends. It is not for the faint of heart, as it features some truly disturbing images, but it sets up some intriguing possibilities.
“Firebase” | Set during the Vietnam War, “Firebase” follows Hines, a soldier who is seemingly unkillable, who is recruited to hunt down a mysterious monster that can bend reality. With an interesting mystery and a compelling recreation of the period, this one is definitely one to watch for “Predator” fans.
“Zygote” | Oats’s newest short feature Dakota Fanning trapped in a Arctic research base being hunted by a creature assembled from the body parts of the base’s workers. This short is survival oriented and could make a great “Alien” style horror flick.
“Cooking with Bill” | These cheesy informercials feature Bill, the world’s unluckiest chef, as he demonstrates new cooking devices that never work as advertised.
“God: Serengeti” | “District 9” alum Sharlto Copley stars as a particularly homicidal God who observes his subjects on a table in his study. One of the funnier shorts, albeit with a dark turn.
Check out all of Oats’s shorts at their website: https://www.oatsstudios.com