The Short That Made Hollywood Notice Fede Álvarez

If you saw the trailer for the upcoming movie Alien: Romulus directed by Fede Álvarez, you might have thought, "Who?"  Some are familiar with Álvarez' work on the movies Evil Dead and Don't Breathe, but the Uruguayan filmmaker was first noticed by the American film industry for the short Panic Attack! (Ataque de Pánico!), in which giant robots invade Montevideo. The short was made in 2009 on a reported budget of $300. A dollar must go further in Uruguay. Just a few weeks after Panic Attack! was shown at a film festival, Álvarez got a call from Ghost House Pictures and was soon on the slate to direct Evil Dead.

Álvarez remastered the short (less than four minutes if you don't count the credits) and re-uploaded it yesterday. He must have received a few requests since he was announced as the latest Alien director. Read more about Álvarez and his breakthrough film at Gizmodo.

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