First HARBINGER DOWN Trailer Will Make You Love Practical Effects All Over Again

Harbinger Down is a Kickstarter-funded film that was led by Amalgamated Dynamics' Tom Woodruff Jr. and Alec Gillis. Their pitch? Put together a full-length sci-fi/horror creature feature using only practical animatronics and makeup effects. Check it out.

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By nailbiter111 - 6/9/2014
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.
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HeisenbergSaysRelax - 6/9/2014, 1:01 PM
I liked it better when this movie was called "The Thing".
Ranger14 - 6/9/2014, 1:03 PM
So...a slightly different take on The Thing or Alien?
yossarian - 6/9/2014, 1:05 PM
I'll check it out.
theartofoneness - 6/9/2014, 1:10 PM
I dont need to see it, Ive seen the thing already
r0bl33 - 6/9/2014, 1:15 PM
Gettin real tired of these hipsters complaining about CGI vs practical. Its obvious you need both. Otherwise your creatures will look like sock puppets in wide shots.
ArkhamCrusader - 6/9/2014, 1:16 PM
Warner where is the damn poster??????????
PunkRockJesus - 6/9/2014, 1:20 PM
r0bl33- dude.. watch the orignal The Thin with Kurt Russell, the animatronics and puppetry in that is astounding. I applaud them for trying to recapture the practical magic that can be made. Just wish it wasn't a complete ripoff of the Thing...
YoungThanos - 6/9/2014, 1:23 PM
Low budget much?

This is clearly a rental.
SupermansRedUndies - 6/9/2014, 1:23 PM
Applaud the effort but it looks terrible.
KidGoku - 6/9/2014, 1:26 PM
CGI should only be used if it can't be pulled off practical.
Demonluv - 6/9/2014, 1:32 PM
Wow, looks awful.
Gusto - 6/9/2014, 1:32 PM
Finding Nomis in my bed was a lot more scary than that!

Jobin - 6/9/2014, 1:34 PM
2014. The Thing: On a Boat (Harbinger Down)
2015. The Thing: On a Boat Dock, Rise of the Thing to Mainland (Harbinger Down 2)
2016. The Thing: In the City, Mainland Nightmare of the Thing Part 1 (Harbinger Down 3)
2017. The Thing: In the Suburb, Final Nightmare of the Thing Part 2 (Harbinger Down 4)

fettastic - 6/9/2014, 1:37 PM
It's a great idea, I just don't like that they are copying Rob Bottin's master class so closely.
DylansMyDog - 6/9/2014, 1:41 PM
Looks like a rip off of the thing/alien, but I will still support if only for the focus on practical effects.
JoeMomma29 - 6/9/2014, 1:43 PM
Finding Gusto in any bed is disturbing!!!!!!

sinchsw - 6/9/2014, 1:46 PM
It can't be said enough: RIP OFF!!! And a poorly done rip off at that. Just from the trailer you can tell the acting is poor, the directing is poor, the story is poor, the cinematography is poor, the music is sub par. The make up is okay. That is it.
OpticBlastWins - 6/9/2014, 1:48 PM
What an original idea. Did not finish
JoeMomma29 - 6/9/2014, 1:52 PM
LOL! Like all you guys are a bunch of Scorseses on this site, yeah it is a generic but I would not mind watching this on direct to DVD, heck the bad acting and cheesy special effects is what makes these types of endeavors great.

Enphlieuwince - 6/9/2014, 1:57 PM
It's bad when a movie is so unoriginal that even the comments about it become a parody of it couldn't wait 'til it ended just to say it was a ripoff of The Thing but I see we got that covered. Lol...
AnakinsTwin - 6/9/2014, 2:17 PM
So sad in so many ways. The most sad being, I remember the days when Lance Hendrickson was in Great movies!
HeadPool420 - 6/9/2014, 2:20 PM
The Thing on a boat? Still gonna watch it.
ManCalledSting - 6/9/2014, 2:21 PM
They really should do research before making a synopsis. They changed the fear inspiring term from "global warming" to "climate change" years ago, because the earth hasn't warmed in about 15 years, so to keep sound legit, they changed. This does look wicked though. Lance Hendrickson is great. Rob Bottin is my favorite practical effects guy. The Thing(which this is clearly inspired by) is my favorite film ever.
sKeemAn - 6/9/2014, 2:22 PM
I'm will show this to all the spoiled brats of new generation. Little shits will be scared shitless.
R2D2Darknight - 6/9/2014, 2:30 PM
that is definitly 99.9% The Thing!

and .1% Problem Child 2...
RetroFit - 6/9/2014, 2:44 PM
The Thing By Sea...starring Bad Acting
GodzillaKart - 6/9/2014, 2:47 PM
Sure it's a "The Thing" rip off...but a pretty cool looking Thing rip off. I'd check it out.
ManCalledSting - 6/9/2014, 2:52 PM
Tart: That's the thing, some many stories have already been told, it's hard to not step on some toes. I say do it, and if it's good, I'll like it.
ManCalledSting - 6/9/2014, 2:54 PM
It's when people borrow from a movie, and it sucks, that I get irked. I'm willing to bet a lot of these remakes we get now, were orginal ideas, but bcuz they had similarities to an already existing movie, the studio made it change to be a reboot.
thebearjew - 6/9/2014, 3:00 PM
reminds me a lot of john carpenters the thing
marvel72 - 6/9/2014, 3:03 PM
practical effects for the win.
TheSoulEater - 6/9/2014, 3:18 PM
Mary Elizabeth Winstead isn't in this one, so no
Pheezmatic - 6/9/2014, 3:40 PM
@JoeM
Lol creepy gif man! What movie is that from?
jasonicus - 6/9/2014, 3:44 PM
Practical effects will always be better than CGI.
Acerimmer1 - 6/9/2014, 4:42 PM
@Jasonicus

Please explain why this is so shit then.
AlternateNo4 - 6/9/2014, 5:05 PM
@sting it's still called global warming... we changed it because we halfwit Americans couldn't understand how it could be global warming if our winters were colder here.

And where did you get that "15 years" FoxFact?

Each of the past 38 years has been hotter than the average of any period in recorded history. And the twelve hottest years EVER recorded have all been in the last thirteen.

Keep the bs to yourself and stop pretending global warming is fake. It may make you feel better about your suv but we smart people are getting tired of your crap.
ManCalledSting - 6/9/2014, 8:04 PM
No4: same to you, baby. Do a little research.
ManCalledSting - 6/9/2014, 8:06 PM
Holy wow!! The sky is falling. Seriously do some research into earths past, and the changes it went through.
ManCalledSting - 6/9/2014, 8:19 PM
I don't even drive a vehicle, baby. Get yo shit straight.
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