First Look: Studio ADI’s Practical Creature Feature, “HARBINGER DOWN”


In the summer of 2013, FX wizards Alec Gillis and Tom Woodruff, Jr., of Studio ADI, launched a Kickstarter of noble intent. That of making a “claustrophobic full-length creature film that will feature only practical Animatronic and Makeup Effects.” Fango and a great many peers responded with enthusiasm to the Lance Henriksen-starring film and fortunately, the team surpassed their goal. Months later, the first official look at HARBINGER DOWN is here.

In HARBINGER DOWN, “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.”

Posted via their Facebook page (where you can track all updates), you can find a gallery of the stills below. HARBINGER DOWN stars Henriksen, Milla Björn and Camille Balsamo. Gillis directs.

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