Filmmaker Neill Blomkamp’s Oats Studios short films are now available on Netflix. It features Sigourney Weaver, Carly Pope, Sharlto Copley, Jason Cope, Kellan Lutz, Michael Rogers, Jose Pablo Cantillo, and Dakota Fanning. The series has 10 shorts that will definitely blow away your minds.
The synopsis reads – Director Neill Blomkamp produces a series of experimental short films that envision post-apocalyptic worlds and nightmarish scenarios.
Oats Studios Review Does Not Contain Spoilers
These are the titles of the shorts in Oats Studios – Volume 1 – Rakka, Firebase, Cooking With Bill, God, Zygote, Bad President, Adam (Episode 2 and 3), Gdansk and Kapture: Locust. The duration of these shorts is between 5 minutes to 25 minutes.
In Neill Blomkamp’s perception of post-apocalyptic worlds, humans are suffering. Aliens rule us, we struggle to breathe, and the dead from the war haunt us. Neill has shown us how the apocalypse would look like in every era of humanity’s existence. It’s a very disturbing picture.
I know that it’s a 2017 creation, but I would still mention how much it reminded me of Love, Death and Robots and Black Mirror. But the violence, gore and brutality in Blomkamp’s stories are in abundance. The most uncomfortable episode to sit through was Cooking With Bill, and the one that’s going to haunt me for quite some time is ‘God: Serengeti/Chicago’.
At this point, aliens don’t scare me because an invisible virus ruined our life from 2020. We are still living that nightmare, so what worse can aliens do to us? But the ending of episode God depicts how we are mere pieces being played by something beyond our reach. It made me think of the pandemic situation instantly.
The stories are intriguing, but none of them have a definitive ending. Love, Death + Robots offered us conclusions, even if they were terrifying. But that’s not what we see in Oats Studios. It’s not fair to leave us hanging after we’ve invested time watching those distressing tales. However, the performances and animations are excellent. The tension you sense in the screen is sensed in you too. That’s how well it’s made.
Netflix’s Oats Studios Volume 1 Review: Final Thoughts
Overall, it’s a series of unfortunate and uncomfortable events. Even horror fans would flinch a bit while watching an episode or two. But it’s a perfect Halloween treat if you are okay with gruesome and ghastly visuals. The horror fan in me is pleased to start October with something horrifying like this!
Oats Studios is now streaming on Netflix.