Zygote (Oats Studio)
This is also a short movie from Oats Studio.
Twenty years prior, a number of large, mineral rich asteroids crash landed across northern Canada and Russia. At a remote mining outpost operated by Cerberus Minerals in the Northwest Territories, a mysterious alien being has emerged from one of the asteroids and attacked the base, killing 96 of its 98 personnel. The creature influences humans by transmitting information via bursts of light, and then absorbs the bodies and consciousness of those it kills.
The two survivors, human security guard John Quinn, and “Canary Class” synthetic labourer Barklay prepare to venture to the fortified corporate facility of the outpost, having run out of food and water in their section. Quinn, blinded by an encounter with the alien light, trains Barklay on how to use his rifle. The two make it to the corporate section, but are closely followed by the creature, who has absorbed the necessary biometrics to also gain access. Taking cover in a kitchen, Quinn refuses to go on, concerned that the alien influence from when he looked into the light has compromised him. He reveals to Barklay that she is not a synthetic, but an orphan purchased by the company as a cheaper alternative to synthetic labour, and cuts of his finger so she will have the necessary biometric to enter the corporate bunker. He is then killed by the creature, which absorbs his knowledge of where Barkley is heading.
Pursued by the creature, Barklay eventually makes it to the bunker, but Quinns fingerprint is deemed to have insufficient status to gain entry. Confronted by the creature, she opens fire and briefly incapacitates it, then cuts several hands from its body, with one belonging to the former CFO eventually granting her access. Traumatised, and with the creature regaining conscious outside, Barklay contemplates her next move.
You can watch the full short movie here: