With CGI effects dominating genre films, it's always admirable to us when filmmakers go old-school and rely on traditional methods of creature design. Witness this tentacled terror hunting humans in the new euro trailer for Harbinger Down, a sci-fi horror movie about research students aboard a fishing vessel who discover a bit more than kelp clumps in the cold Bering Sea.
Starring Lance Henriksen (Aliens, Pumpkinhead) and showcasing the retro monster magic of Alec Gillis and Tom Woodruff Jr. of StudioADI, the Academy Award-winning character effects studio behind the non-CGI wizardry for Enders Game, X-Men: First Class, Spiderman 3, Starship Troopers, Skyline, Tremors and Alien 3, Harbinger Down ventures into the familiar territory of films like The Thing, Deep Rising, Deep Star Six and Leviathan, but retains a raw indie charm all its own.
Here's the official synopsis:
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.
Check out the trailer below and let us know what you think:
Directed by Alec Gillis and also starring Camille Balsamo, Reid Collums, Winston James Francis, Milla Bjorn, Mike Estime and Giovonnie Samuels, the crowdfunded Harbinger Down is primed for a limited theatrical run and VOD launch on Aug. 7, 2015.
Will you hop on board this freaky horror flick when it arrives or let it sail into obscurity?
(Via Geeks of Doom)