Evan's experiencing a very rude awakening. He lifts his head from the steering wheel to see the hood of his taxi rammed into the underbelly of a truck. Someone else's blood is spattered on his face, and standing not far from his passenger door window are two zombies... the first of many Evan will encounter in Isolated, the new CGI-animated short film from Tomas Vergara that we have for Daily Dead visitors to watch.

Clocking in at about five minutes, Peak Pictures' Isolated features plenty of heart-pumping suspense, an intriguing story, and zombies that emerge slowly from the shadows, though they are capable of sprinting down the city streets (effectively evoking both George A. Romero's living dead and the zombies of Zack Snyder's Dawn of the Dead remake).

Chilean co-writer/director Vergara revealed in an interview with The Daily Dot that the majority of Isolated was shot with performance capture technology, with Tomás Verdejo and Luis Gnecco providing the manic movements and effective body language. Interestingly, Isolated was initially inspired by The Sixth Sense and was partly influenced by Memento, Gravity, and The Dark Knight.

If you enjoy what Vergara and company have created in Isolated and want to see more after watching the open-ended conclusion, then you'll be pleased to know that a sequel is being developed, with an overall story arc in this immersive zombie world already mapped out. In the meantime, you can experience the car-crunched city streets, eerie wine cellar, and apocalyptic atmosphere of Isolated:

"After finding himself in a wrecked taxi, Evan tries to figure out the pieces of the puzzle, while dealing with a dangerous threat, in a seemingly deserted city.

Produced by Ian Mery
Directed by Tomas Vergara
Written by Manuel Vergara and Tomas Vergara
Music by Manuel Canepa
Sound by Daniel Ferreira
Co-Producer: Ivan Mery

Starring Tomás Verdejo and Luis Gnecco"

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    Raised on a steady diet of R.L. Stine’s Goosebumps books and Are You Afraid of the Dark?, Derek has been fascinated with fear since he first saw ForeverWare being used on an episode of Eerie, Indiana.

    When he’s not writing about horror as the Senior News Reporter for Daily Dead, Derek can be found daydreaming about the Santa Carla Boardwalk from The Lost Boys or reading Stephen King and Brian Keene novels.