I'm going to watch this again. I watched it once a few days ago. I thought it was so so. There were a ton of Alien/Aliens references. But they never showed a monster. Plus, I didn't get the whole setup. I assume this laboratory always has accidents. So, it's kind of like Umbrella from the Resident Evil games except the experiments never escape because of the assault teams.
I believe it's ok to draw a story out and show the monsters late in the movie. But eventually you should see the monster. Especially since the heroes see the monsters. You would think with all the Alien references that the director would understand that. But perhaps they were trying to be different.
True. Signs was good right up to the last scenes. In fact, Signs has a really good scary moment. When the one character is watching TV in the closet. The TV is showing a recording of kids pointing out the alien. The alien knows they see him through the bushes and just walks out. It's a great scene. So, is the bit in the basement when the lights go out.
I watched Cost of Living again and they do show a quick frame or two of a werewolf. I was looking for other quick shots but I didn't see any. There was a scene where Superman (Brandon Routh) pulls his partner away. A mirror is in the shot but they only showed slime...I wish they were clever and showed a shot of a creature leaping before getting killed. Overall, this short feels very student film or like a DVD extra exploring characters in a movie.