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Short Film Spotlight: ‘Corporate Monster’ Pays Homage to ‘They Live’

Corporate Monster
Credit: Rebellion Studios / Ruairi Robinson / The Kaiju Meat Company

Director Ruairi Robinson (Fifty Percent Grey, Silent City, BlinkyTM & Leviathan), Academy Award-nominated Irish filmmaker dropped his latest film, ‘Corporate Monster’, a proof of concept short and it is free to check out online.

Written by Robinson & Eoin Rogers, the sci-fi horror film, with VFX by Robinson’s The Kaiju Meat Company, stars Kett Turton and Jenna Coleman as a couple confronted with the reality that either he is just dangerously unstable, or there are in fact monsters all around us.

Corporate Monster
Credit: Rebellion Studios / Ruairi Robinson / The Kaiju Meat Company


“There’s a growing sense of unease and distrust of authority that’s not really being reflected in popular culture today the way films of the 1970s did in a post-Watergate era. I really miss those movies, and nobody is making them, so I felt compelled to go make one myself,”
said Robinson.

In ‘Corporate Monster’, after being phased out of his job, a dangerously unstable man’s life spirals out of control when the prescription pills he takes start to have a side effect: they allow him to see the parasitic beings that have long been puppeteering our world from the shadows. The rich and powerful are not even human, and they are feeding on us. He sets about trying to save his girlfriend from them, but it’s just as possible they are just a side effect of the pills, a hallucination. Is he a savior or a monster himself?

I immediately thought of ‘They Live’ in a modern setting weaving in undertones of unemployment, gun control, workplace shootings and the opioid and drug crisis facing America. It did a great job of bringing to light some of the issues facing many Americans today – but with a science-fiction approach.

Corporate Monster
Credit: Rebellion Studios / Ruairi Robinson / The Kaiju Meat Company

“I love stories that shatter the protagonist’s lens, so it was an absolute pleasure watching Ruairi at the helm conduct his visual symphony. We’re confident that enough people will get excited about it to warrant a feature or series so that we can expand the world,” said Jay Douglas, Executive Producer.

Robinson’s debut feature film ‘The Last Days on Mars’ was featured at directors Fortnight in Cannes. His commercials, and short films ‘Fifty Percent Grey’, ‘Silent City’, ‘BlinkyTM’ & ‘Leviathan’ have won over 70 awards and been viewed many millions of times online.

Check out the short right now and let us know what you think. Do you want to see this become a feature?

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