Synopsis: While fighting the Vietnam war, both sides face a new kind of threat that neither of them were prepared for.
Genre: Horror, Sci-Fi, Short
27 min

You're not who I'm looking for.

You Sergeant Hines, yeah?

Jacob Palmer,

Central Intelligence Agency.

I'm the guy you've been

communicating with.

This is Sergeant Carr

of the Studies

and Observation Group.

You're far from your friends,

Sergeant Hines.

When you wandered off,

your unit

thought you had deserted,

wanted you court-martialed.

You're still drawn to it?

You have to kill it, yeah?

Too late, though.

The river god did this

three days ago.

We'll get some men up here

to clean this up.

Come on, let's head out.

I have something to show you.

Have you ever heard

of Firebase Quatro?

Outside of Tay Ninh,

on the border of Cambodia.

We set up Quatro as a base

for tracking the river god.

You know who he is?

I need you to do

something for me, Hines.

I give you info,

you do what I ask.


Now, the river god

was a Vietnamese farmer.

We keep the survivors

of his attacks at Quatro,

in the field hospital.

There's someone there

I want you to meet--

a kid named Bracken.

He's the only survivor

of the river god

who can still talk.

-Jacob Palmer?


Major Brickerson.

JSOC told me

you might be able to shed

some light on things for us.

We got our asses whupped

by a VC ambush.

We waited for reinforcements,

but when those soldiers came,

they were...

they were monsters

in the shape of men...

They wouldn't die,

not by shooting them.

So we retreated

to Firebase Tarheel--

or we tried to--


Tarheel was gone.

Just f***ing gone.

That's when I called in

the air strike.

We lit that jungle on fire...

and we burnt everything.

And there he was,

just standing there...

not running,

no pain,


except for the napalm

just sticking to him.

Something I'll never be able

to explain.

It just doesn't make sense.

Look, I'm not here

to connect the dots for you.

The events at Tarheel

are classified.

I got men in this unit I trust,

men I know,

men I've shed blood with,

and they're saying

things happened to them

that they can't explain.

My boys are saying

they saw the devil...

the devil.


I want your men

to help us kill the devil.

I think the CIA

better start to explain

what the f*** is going on here,

or you're going to have

a mutiny on your hands.

Please state your name.


Corporal Richard Bracken. Sir.

All right.

Please recount the events

at Firebase Tarheel.

How did you get burned?

What happened?

The day started weird.

There was some...

something along the riverbank.

Seals had found it,

and a call came down for us

to get Intel on it.

The camera guys in air cav

were sent with us,

and we saw it.

It was...

I don't know what it was.

What happened

at Firebase Tarheel, Corporal?

We were shooting everywhere.

They had us pinned down.

All my buddies got f***ed up.

I mean, bad.

And I just seen him there

looking at me.

The river god.

He was looking right at me.

And I never felt

anything like that.

One minute, I'm in the jungle,

looking at that...


The next, I'm in South Carolina,

back on the day

we were gonna deploy.

I don't mean

like a dream or nothing.

I mean, I was in America.


The planes...

they were all destroyed.

And we were under attack.

There was Russian aircraft,

but not like migs, or nothin'...

It was this blue napalm.

Like a propane flame napalm.

And everyone was burning.

They were burning us.

Soldiers burning.

Like hell.

Did that happen?

Did that happen

at Charleston Air Base?

Are they all dead?

Charleston's safe.

But it did happen.

It did.

Because then, uh...

Freddy and the boys,

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Neill Blomkamp

Neill Blomkamp (Afrikaans pronunciation: [ˈnil ˈblumkamp]; born 17 September 1979) is a South African-born Canadian film director, producer, screenwriter, and animator. Blomkamp employs a documentary-style, hand-held, cinéma vérité technique, blending naturalistic and photo-realistic computer-generated effects. He is best known as the co-writer and director of the critically acclaimed and financially successful science fiction film District 9, for which he was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay. He directed the dystopian science fiction film Elysium, which garnered moderately positive reviews and a good box office return. He is known for his collaborations with South African actor Sharlto Copley. He is based in Vancouver, British Columbia. Time named Blomkamp as one of the 100 Most Influential People of 2009. Forbes named him as the 21st most powerful celebrity from Africa. more…

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