Harbinger Down is a new film very much in the spirit of Alien and The Thing. However, this isn’t just another Hollywood movie. In fact you could say it’s anti Hollywood.
The film has been written, and directed by Alec Gillis. His name may sound familiar as I’ve mentioned him here before at the Unheard Nerd with some of my What Could Have Been articles. He is half of Amalgamated Dynamics with his partner in crime Tom Woodruff Jr. These two started life working with the great Stan Winston who bought to life the Terminator endoskeleton, the alien queen and the full size animatronic Tyrannosaur Rex for Jurassic Park to mention just a few.
Tom and Alec left Stan Winston Sudios and set up their own company Amalgamated Dynamics, to provide the film industry with a practical effects service. Just look at this list of what they worked on over the years!
They worked on the 2011 feature film, The Thing. Unfortunately a lot of their work was replaced by the studio with CGI at the 11th hour to which they were obviously disappointed. They set-up they’re own YouTube channel and started to post behind the scenes videos of what they created for The Thing as well as other films they’ve worked on.
The fan reaction they received was very positive with people being amazed that such brilliant practical effects work was being replaced with CGI.
Spurred on by this appreciation Alec and Tom decided to make their own monster film using nothing but practical effects and miniature work. A kick-starter fund raised just over $367,000 with additional funding coming from executive producer Sultan Saeed Al Darmaki through his company Dark Dunes Productions.
The film is currently in the final stages of production but yesterday saw the first trailer to be released. Alec and Tom say that even though the trailer looks to give away all the big surprises, wait until you see the final film.
Hopefully details of its release will arrive soon.
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.