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Harbinger Down (2015)

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While studying the effects of global warming on a pod of whales, grad students on a crabbing vessel and its crew uncover frozen Soviet space shuttle and unintentionally release a monstrous organism from it.

Director:

Alec Gillis

Writer:

Alec Gillis
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Cast

Cast overview:
Lance Henriksen ... Graff
Camille Balsamo ... Sadie
Matt Winston ... Stephen
Reid Collums ... Bowman
Winston James Francis ... Guillaume
Milla Bjorn Milla Bjorn ... Svet (as Milla Björn)
Giovonnie Samuels ... Ronelle
Michel Estime ... Dock (as Mike Estimé)
Edwin H. Bravo ... Atka (as Edwin Bravo)
Kraig W. Sturtz Kraig W. Sturtz ... Roland (as Kraig Sturtz)
Jason Speer ... Sergei Petrova
Mick Morgana Ignis ... Creature Suit Performer (as Mick Ignis)
Lev Poberesky Lev Poberesky ... Russian Voice #1 (voice)
Alla Poberesky Alla Poberesky ... Russian Voice #2 (voice)
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A group of grad students have booked passage on the crabbing boat Harbinger to study the effects of global warming on a pod of Belugas 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. Written by MovieKnut

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Terror is just beneath the surface.

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Horror | Sci-Fi

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Rated R for language and creature violence. | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?

Trivia

The famous dipping birds from the Alien series can be seen in the background. Alec Gillis and Tom Woodruff Jr. both worked on the Alien movies (but the first) with Stan Winston. And took them over as head visual effects artists after Stan's death. See more »

Goofs

(at around 1 min) 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 »

Quotes

Dock: They call me Dock, because I used to live under one.
Stephen: Nickname.
Dock: Right.
Stephen: Great, like one of the seven dwarves.
Dock: Yeah, and they call him Grumpy
[Guillaume grunts]
Dock: .
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Connections

Referenced in Skin Wars: Man vs. Machine (2015) See more »

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Disappointing, but watchable
14 September 2015 | by room102See all my reviews

This is a very uneven movie.

On the one hand, it's not bad for an independent movie with a tiny budget. The settings is pretty nice and the actors are OK.

The movie is an obvious reference to "The Thing" and it uses practical effects and no CGI. And here lies the first problem: The effects aren't impressive. From a company that deals with practical effects, which has some veteran effects guys and lots of experience, I expected more. A lot more. The effects here only show how amazing Rob Bottin's work was over 30 years ago. I also expected the effects to be a lot more explicit, yet I always got the feeling they try to hide them by shaking the camera, cutting, putting something in front, etc.

The last problem has to do with direction: It's pretty obvious that this is the work of a first time director/writer - The movie is very uneven, there are good scenes and bad scenes, there are continuity problems, coverage problems, editing problems, things that simply don't connect and hard to understand what the director meant to do and also many scenes that seem to be missing a dialog.

All in all, this is a so-so movie for something independent without a budget. I expected more and I'm a bit disappointed, but I'd still think it's worth a watch, at least for the effort.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 August 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Harbinger Down - Das Grauen lauert im Eis See more »

Filming Locations:

Chatsworth, California, USA

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$61,036
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