Mondo is one of the last companies out there dedicated to proving that hand-drawn movie posters are still an art form, and you don’t need to look much further proof than this exclusive look at their gnarly work for “Rakka.” As an experimental short film that director Neill Blomkamp developed with Sigourney Weaver as his star when Alien 5 stalled, “Rakka” is an impressive bit of retro art unto itself, and the new Mondo poster, compliments of artist Matt Ryan Tobin, just exemplifies the weirdness that comes with alien weeds burying a human skull.
“Rakka” is the first short film (or volume) from Oats Studios, which will stream a series of experimental filmmaking aimed at the more adventurous through Steam. Further “Rakka” has instant genre credibility since it is directed by Neill Blomkamp, the filmmaker behind 2009’s cult classic District 9, as well as Elysium and Chappie. Partnering with Weaver, who was keen on signing onto Blomkamp’s now almost certainly defunct Alien 5 project, Blomkamp still works in a case of extraterrestrial willies with “Rakka,” during which aliens also use human beings as incubators. But that is only the start.
A grim three-part tale of alien invasion, war, and perdition, “Rakka” envisions an Earth overrun by aliens who use not only our bodies, but our soil and plants to pollute the skies and terraform our planet into something that will be unlivable for anything but what they bring with them.
The picture is set to be sold at San Diego Comic-Con next month, and we have the “Rakka” trailer below too. This is only the beginning though for Oat Studios, which partnered with the Alamo Drafthouse off-shoot, Mondo, to give us that beautifully bleak image.