Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 50% (Critics) / 22% (Audience)
Directed By: Alec Gillis
Written By: Alec Gillis
Starring: Lance Henriksen, Matt Winston, Camille Balsamo
Studio: Taggart Productions
Synopsis: 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. – (Source)
It is always good to see Lance Henriksen in a movie that I am watching. I am a big fan of the actor and he elevates even the most low level B-movie.
I also was impressed by just how much of this film used practical effects instead of computer generated ones. And they were decent practical effects especially considering this film was financed through a Kickstarter fundraising effort.
The script was paint by numbers and pedestrian as all heck.
The cast of characters were all pretty much one note character profiles and not actual people which only made the weak script stand out even more. And as a result of the thin characters I really didn’t give a rat’s patoot who lived or died aside from Mr. Henriksen.
Paying homage is one thing but the amount of “inspiration” this movie took from John Carpenter’s THE THING was overkill and in the end it was more of a LEVIATHAN than even being remotely close to Carpenter’s horror classic.
Final Verdict: Basically a film version of what amounts to a “THE THING” cover band and just like the Fab Faux are not anywhere near The Beatles, HARBINGER DOWN pales in comparison to it’s inspiration.