The Origin of Creatures is an incredibly eerie short film created by Floris Kaayk and it takes place in a post-apocalyptic future where obscurely mutated body parts are all that are left of the human race.
Watch as these strange little beings, arms, legs, eyeballs, hands and ears attempt to work together in order to build a lofty nest that will allow their colony’s queen access to the sunlight that she needs to reproduce more bizarre little creatures. They try their damndest to communicate, arms helping other arms, hands holding up eyeballs to scope their surroundings, but it appears like the task is just too much for them and their mission is one that is doomed to fail.
It is based on one of the most well-known tales of collaboration, the Tower of Babel, but like the body-parts in the film, the tale has been mutated to fit into the rubble of a destroyed city after the world has been hit by a humungous catastrophe.
The Origin of Creatures is a sad and disturbing dystopian vision of a post-apocalyptic society, which if we carry on bombing the shit out of each other and fucking around with chemical warfare, might not be so different to how things end up. Well, that’s a somber thought for a Friday evening!
On a slightly lighter note, if you are looking for some film footage to project onto the walls of your Halloween Haunted House you could do a lot worse than this. It is seriously nightmarish and wouldn’t look out of place in a David Lynch mind-bender.