Harbinger Down Trailer Oozes Online
For all the high profile crowdsourced indie horror movies of the last year or two, Harbinger Down was one that particularly captured the hearts, minds and (not for nothing) wallets of fandom, based on the promise of something truly rare, if not non-existenet in contemporary horror: an old-school creature feature with no CGI whatsoever, in which all the monster and gore FX are created 100% practically. It also didn’t hurt that it gives long-established monster maker Alec Gillis his feature directorial debut, with cohort Tom Woodruff Jr producing and none other than Lance Henriksen in the lead.
So now that the Kickstarter route worked out for them and the movie has made it to post-production, is it any great shock to see that – well – it kinda looks like The Thing and Alien…? Was it ever going to be any other way? Happily, it feels like this is one of those trailers that’s holding back some, only giving us a few sneaky peeks at the inevitable buckets of blood, slime and entrails. Here’s hoping it stays that way, and that we still have some surprises in store once Harbinger Down reaches land – not that we have any indication yet when that might be.
Synopsis time: “A group of grad students have booked passage on the fishing trawler Harbinger to study the effects of global warming on a pod of Orcas in the Bering Sea. When the ship’s crew dredges up a recently thawed piece of old Soviet space wreckage, things get downright deadly. It seems that the Russians experimented with tardigrades, tiny resilient animals able to withstand the extremes of space radiation. The creatures survived, but not without mutation. Now the crew is exposed to aggressively mutating organisms. And after being locked in ice for three decades, the creatures aren’t about to give up the warmth of human companionship.”