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Harbinger Down -- HARBINGER DOWN is written and directed by Alec Gillis, and stars Lance Henriksen, Camille Balsamo, Matt Winston, Reid Collums, Milla Bjorn, Winston James Francis, Mike Estime, and Edwin Bravo.
Harbinger Down -- Terror is Just Beneath the Surface
Harbinger Down -- Terror is Just Beneath the Surface


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Release Date:
7 August 2015 (USA) See more »
Terror is just beneath the surface.
A group of grad students have booked passage on the crabbing boat Harbinger to study the effects of... See more » | Add synopsis »
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User Reviews:
A very decent homage to The Thing See more (54 total) »


  (in credits order)

Lance Henriksen ... Graff

Camille Balsamo ... Sadie

Matt Winston ... Stephen

Reid Collums ... Bowman

Winston James Francis ... Guillaume
Milla Bjorn ... Svet

Giovonnie Samuels ... Ronelle

Michael Estime ... Dock

Edwin H. Bravo ... Atka
Kraig W. Sturtz ... Roland

Jason Speer ... Sergei

Mick Ignis ... Creature Suit Performer

Directed by
Alec Gillis 
Writing credits
Alec Gillis (written by)

Produced by
Camille Balsamo .... producer
Benjamin L. Brown .... producer
Sultan Saeed Al Darmaki .... executive producer
Kelli Kaye .... line producer
Alexander Preston .... associate producer
Hadeel Reda .... producer
Doug Scroggins III .... producer
Jason Speer .... executive producer
Paul Stewart .... executive producer
Jennifer Tung .... producer
Tom Woodruff Jr. .... producer
Original Music by
Christopher Drake 
Cinematography by
Benjamin L. Brown (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Benjamin L. Brown 
Casting by
Joey Paul Jensen 
Niner Parikh 
Production Design by
Kyle Michael Wilson 
Art Direction by
Spencer Brennan 
Costume Design by
Vanessa Gonzalez 
Megan Klimkos 
Makeup Department
Brittany Larisa Avalon .... key makeup artist
Michael Spatola .... makeup department head
Production Management
Tom Shell .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Katy Galow .... second assistant director
Sazzy Lee Calhoun .... first assistant director
Art Department
Brittany Larisa Avalon .... painter
John Bilicki .... space capsule tech
Jeffrey Birch .... graphics designer
Vincent Chiantelli .... props
Christopher Cooksey .... creature designer
Raymond Hernandez .... swing art crew
Daryl Hoss .... carpenter
Bruton Jones .... visual consultant
Dale Mitcheltree .... set dresser
Aaron Nakashoji .... carpenter
Chris Prange .... property master
Jorge Sanchez .... set construction crew
Patricia Wang .... painter
Sound Department
John Bennett .... sound mixer
Jeniel Braun .... foley artist
Jeniel Braun .... sound editor
Benjamin L. Brown .... sound designer/supervising sound editor
Stephen Fitzmaurice .... re-recording mixer
Stanley Kastner .... re-recording mixer
Matthew Renoir .... boom operator
Anthony Torretto .... sound effects editor
Kelly Vandever .... re-recording mixer
Special Effects by
Miyashiro Ayumi .... creature sculptor
Chris Baer .... mold maker
Frank Willis Balzer .... special effects supervisor
Daniel Bohman .... creature operator
Michael Broom .... creature designer
Nelson Broskey .... creature design
Nestor Castaneda .... special effects crew
Vincent Chiantelli .... mold maker
Jason Cope .... makeup effects artist: character design
Vanna Eckmyre .... creature operator
Sebastien Gaspar-Woods .... special effects
Alec Gillis .... practical creature effects
Dean Hathaway .... Snow Effects Supervisor
Alexandra Hughes .... creature designer
Paul Komoda .... creature sculptor
Tim Martin .... lead creature creator
Stephen Norrington .... creature sculptor
Brad Palmer .... mold maker
Yilan Piao .... special effects makeup
Laura Proepper .... creature operator
Mike Rotella .... sculptor
Olga Spektor .... mold maker
Jared Tipton .... creature operator
Sara Villarreal .... creature operator
Patricia Wang .... creature operator
Tom Woodruff Jr. .... practical creature effects
Visual Effects by
Mike Cisneros .... digital compositor
Lance Gilmer .... Miniature Crew Model Shop
Billy Hendrickson .... fabricator
Mike Larrabee .... paint supervisor
Victoria Lundberg .... miniature effects crew
Pat McClung .... visual effects consultant
Roger Nall .... visual effects artist
Joseph Schultz .... key digital artist: Interior Sequences
Joseph Schultz .... key model builder
Lucas Schultz .... model builder
Robert Skotak .... visual effects supervisor
Camera and Electrical Department
Jeniel Braun .... first assistant camera
Colten Currey .... gaffer
Ted Rae .... b cam operator
Doug Sampson .... key grip
Lara Solanki .... still photographer
Robert Streeper .... best boy electric
Alex Wong .... data wrangler
Casting Department
Joey Paul Jensen .... casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Danielle Marie Souza .... costume assistant
Editorial Department
Gray Marshall .... digital colorist
Music Department
Thomas Andrew Gallegos .... music assistant
Joel McNeely .... music consultant
Lior Ron .... trailer composer
Other crew
Glenn Akers .... production assistant
Amy Arter .... script supervisor
Helena Bowen .... key production assistant
Laurent Boyé .... corporate publicist
Daniel Gusman .... marketing and publicity: international sales
Michael Heintzelman .... assistant to executive producer
Manuel Hernandez Jr. .... intern: set pa
Nat McCormick .... world sales executive
Brian O'Shea .... world sales executive
David Roberson .... publicist
Scott Schaffer .... clearances
Scott Schaffer .... product placement
Winnie Wong .... insurance
Andrés Abel .... special thanks
Kyle Curry .... thanks
Dustin DellaVecchia .... thanks
Anthony Feliciano .... thanks
Victor Grippi .... thanks
Andy Hoek .... thanks
Darren Langlands .... thanks
Jonathan McEnroe .... special thanks
Aelia Petro .... thanks
Joey Rassool .... special thanks
Doug Roos .... special thanks
Eric Striffler .... thanks
Brian Thone .... special thanks
Steven Christopher Wallace .... thanks

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Additional Details

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Rated R for language and creature violence.
82 min
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »

Did You Know?

The Chess Wizard computer used in John Carpenter's The Thing can be seen in a few scenes.See more »
Factual errors: The coordinates in the opening scene, 58.122 N -178.603 W, are not in the Arctic Circle but south of it in the Bering Sea.See more »
Graff:You're gonna need a bigger bucket.See more »
Movie Connections:
References Jaws (1975)See more »


What is Harbinger Down about?
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24 out of 40 people found the following review useful.
A very decent homage to The Thing, 8 August 2015
Author: siderite from Romania

In the sunken nightmare ship of Harbinger, Russian water-bears sleep waiting. Before I go and tell you about the movie experience, you should know that this film is a Kickstarter movie, with more than 350 thousand dollars coming from that campaign, and made by people with vast experience with practical effects. You see, Hollywood uses CGI nowadays because it is cheaper and it has become a hallmark of fancy directors to use practical effects, all other movies relying on the cheapest alternative around. Cherish it, like you did fat and ugly radio stars before MTV came around.

The plot is pretty much a rip-off of The Thing. That is not accidental, because it is the same team that worked on the recent remake before the studios decided to go with CGI instead. The characters are archetypal, like in most films of the genre, with pretty decent acting all around. Lance Henriksen is great, of course, but even the rest of the actors give professional performances. What I liked also is that the characters themselves were borderline interesting making the entire feel more engaging when adding a little depth to them.

The special effects were just great for the budget they had and in conclusion I would go as far as say they accomplished their mission of creating a movie fans would enjoy and a nice homage to the great horror movies of the late 70s and early 80s.

Was the science accurate? Hell no. Was there a larger than life moral that one can leave the theater with and become a better person? Unless you count "do not join academia if you don't have the stomach for pompous self-absorbed a-wipes", then no. Was it fun? Oh, yeah!

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