Harbinger Down Looks Like What The Thing Reboot Should Of Been…

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A few years back the horror world was torn by a prequel/reboot no one wanted: The Thing. It was a weird sort of film. Mostly because it was being toted as reboot of John Carpenter’s 1982 perfectly great sci fi/horror masterpiece The Thing. BUT it played as a direct prequel to the original. You can play them back to back and the match up perfectly. Well almost. When the reboot was announced the out cry from horror fans who were concerned with a cheap cash-in soaked in crappy CGI. The SFX in 1982 is still to this day, one of the best creature features ever made. All these concerns were met with director Matthijs van Heijningen assuring everyone that practical effects were going to be used and he too knows how important that is to the film and wanted to make an 80’s creature feature. They had hired a badass SFX company, ADI, who was handling all the effects and fans could rest assured that this film would stay true to the original. Then the movie came out and what did we get? A 90 minute CGI-fest that would make Michael Bay proud. When asked why so much CGI was used instead of practical effects the powers that be stated, “It looked too much like an 80s movie.” I’ll let that sink in. They wanted to make an 80s creature feature but it look too 80s… Jesus…

Well pure stupidity and clearly confused film makers aside you have to wonder what happened to all those practical effects. Well I’m sure the folks at ADI were pretty butthurt when they found out that all their hard work was for nothing. Not wanting to let all that awesomeness go to waste, Alec Gillis and the hard working folks took to kickstarter and promised horror fans a badass balls to the wall creature flick using 100% practical effects. Well they successfully funded the project and judging by the trailer below they totally lived up to that promise. Check it out below and keep checking back here for more updates on release info.

 

PLOT: 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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