Malaise - The Most Terrifying 2 Minutes Of Sci-Fi Animation The Year
This is animated sci-fi at its disturbing best. 2 minutes long and incredibly scary, Malaise tells the story of a lonely astronaut whose only company is an alien that ate her lover. It was created by Daniel Beaulieu and quite frankly it seems like the sort of thing that Pixar would create if they were having a bad trip. But enough of what I think, here's what Beaulieu has to say about his work:
"This is my final project from Vancouver Film School's 3D animation program. With Malaise I wanted to do a project that was both visually exciting and a demonstration of my abilities as an animator. The look of the piece was influenced by an array of old sci-fi classics ranging from Andrei Tarkovsky's Solaris to Jean-Claude Forest's Barbarella. For the feel and tone of the film it was to Ridley Scott's Alien franchise that I drew inspiration from."
You don't say. Well Mr. Beaulieu, I think it is safe to say you succeeded in matching Scott's terrifying franchise but went even further by capturing that horror/sci-fi essence and combining it with an aesthetic that is reminiscent of some of our dearest childhood movies. Cue some truly disturbing dreams.....