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‘Thing’-Inspired ‘Harbinger Down’ Looks Like An Instant Classic! (Trailer)

Harbinger Down

Last year we told you about Harbinger Down, a new indie in the spirit of sci-fi/horror classics such as Alien and The Thing. It promises to be a tense, claustrophobic full-length creature film that will feature only practical Animatronic and Makeup Effects!

Monday afternoon we landed an insane official trailer for the pic, which will will celebrate animatronics and makeup effects via Creature FX Designer Alec Gillis. There’s tons of gooey goodness that looks straight out of Alien and The Thing. This indie looks like a potential instant classic!

Gillis wrote and directed, and ADI co-founder Tom Woodruff, Jr. produced the film.

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 3 decades, the creatures aren’t about to give up the warmth of human companionship.

Harbinger Down



  • ChildoftheKoRn

    All I had to see is “thing” inspired in order to skip the aritcle and jump to the video. Hearing Lance Henricksons voice made me smile, while watching the trailer it all looks practical…low and behold its in the first god damn sentence. I am very stoked for this and can’t wait to see how it pits up against The Thing.

  • O_O
    Yes! Yes please!!!

  • Werewolf

    No CGI win! Rob Bottin would be proud.

  • J Jett

    OMFG!!! FUCK YES!!! i was already excited/interested in this after watching Gillis & Woodruff’s kickstarter video but this trailer exceeds my expectations!! this has become one my top MUST SEE films!

    to Woodruff & Gillis…..THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!!

  • Evan3

    As I recall, this movie was funded on Indiegogo or Kickstarter or something like that. While I truly appreciate the use of practical fx, this movie still looks crappy to me. When BD said it looks like it was straight out of the Thing, they were being literal, I saw at least five or six shots that seemed to be virtually the same as the Thing. From what I gather, the plot is almost exactly the same, but on a ship. The acting looked a little iffy too.
    Again, all credit to sticking to practical fx. That alone does not make a good movie.

  • Nick M.

    Inspired? More like rip-off. It literally is The Thing on a boat. And while I appreciate, to a degree, the use of practical effects, some of these shots just look cheap and amateurish. The practical effects work in The Thing because of the direction and style of Carpenter.

  • Chandler Of-Adelaide

    Inspired by or ripping off, who the hell cares? It’s a creature flick using practical effects and starring Lance Henriksen! Those are two big ticks in my book and should be enough to please any fan of creature flicks.

  • A couple of things: The performances look awful! And the trailer pretty much show who is “the thing” who gets killed and who does not!

    • Chandler Of-Adelaide

      A couple of things: You can’t judge the performances based on such short glimpses, if you can, please give us exactly what details makes the performances appear to be “awful”. The trailer only showed TWO guaranteed deaths and only ONE is guaranteed to be an infected person, also the largest group shot has 9 people so worst case scenario we have an idea of two out of nine deaths. Both of which are lacking detail and context anyway allowing there to be plenty to be seen when we get the full film. (Also, there are 11 people listed as the main cast so best case scenario 2 of 11 deaths.)

      All in all, the only thing showing here is you wanting to dismiss the film without even giving it a chance by making a baseless assumption and ridiculous exaggerations.

  • Mirko

    Well, it looks like a mesh up between “The Thing”, “Leviathan” with a z-list vibe a la “Proteus”…

  • Beanis

    This looks like it could be a fun mindless creature flick BUT can we please stop using the meaningless “Instant Classic” to hype films that have never been actually viewed by anyone. The term is rarely warranted even when it might be true.

  • timelord

    Looks wicked as hell! I don’t care what anyone says putting it down.I’m really looking forward to see this.

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