Watch: ‘Vessel’ Is Ambitious, Thrilling Sci-Fi That Celebrates Practical Effects and Killer Cool…

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Watch: ‘Vessel’ Is Ambitious, Thrilling Sci-Fi That Celebrates Practical Effects and Killer Cool Creature Design

Why Watch? Yes, there’s some great CGI at work in Clark Baker’s Vessel, but it’s a movie that also celebrates atmospheric horror greats with its practical creature design. That blend is the bedrock for a solid science fiction trip. It follows a group of passengers on an airplane that come into contact with another ship midair and end up fighting back a group of tentacled baddies who definitely aren’t from around here. “Here” being, you know, our atmosphere.

Everything about the short is pro-level. The score and strong performances from leads Brandon Bales and Julie Mintz are among the highlights, but it’s all here. Right on down to the sound design. Baker isn’t afraid to put his creatures front and center, and the design definitely pays off as the giant gooey roach/pig mutants are a thing of terrible beauty. Plus, the script from Ross and Matt Duffer has just the right amount of chemistry and chaos. Overall, it’s an excellent film with plenty of fear and adrenaline.

What will it cost? Only 12 minutes.

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