From a technical perspective it is quite impressive – as a low-budget short film the effects are really top notch, and the acting is great, Macarena is a scene stealer IMHO. She always give 110% in the films I have seen, and her eyes are almost hypnotic.
The look of the ‘monster’ is really something else, it sorta reminds me of another Spanish film, [•REC] (2007).
What did you make of the mask Macarena’s character puts on?
There are definite visual references to O’Bannon’s Alien as well, in particular the ending, with the long dark hallways and the flashing red emergency lights, as she tries to escape the monstrosity.
The mining station’s name is Cerberus, the three-headed giant hound which guards the entrance to Hades – I’ll have to watch it again to see if there are to any other references to Greek mythology…
My main gripe with it is that they showed the monster too much, I think. I am reminded of Christopher Lee and Boris Karloff’s comments on using restraint, and letting the audience let their imagination run wild instead. But, I guess the goal of these shorts by Oats Studios is to show off what they can do even on a low budget.
>I wonder what kind of budget it took to make, those locations didn't look like CGI for the most part.
I agree. They really pushed the budget to the max on this one, and are setting a new standard for low-budget films. I think Blomkamp is working on a new Alien film, so it could be they were hoping to show off what they can do to bigger studios.